GIHOC Distilleries Company Limited (GDCL) was the first modern distillery to be established in West Africa. It was established by the pre-Independence Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in 1958 as the State Distilleries Corporation for the manufacture of alcoholic beverages. By NLCD 207, it however became a division of the then Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation (GIHOC) in 1968. In 1980, the Distillery, together with 15 other divisions of GIHOC, was re-registered and incorporated as a Limited Liability Company and a wholly owned subsidiary of GIHOC, under the Companies Code, 1963 (ACT 179). Following the closure of GIHOC, and subsequently the repeal of the statute incorporating in 1993. GIHOC Distilleries became and has since remained a Limited Liability Company, wholly owned by the government of Ghana. The company has since then performed creditably and established itself as a commercial sustainable enterprise in the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage industry in Ghana. It has over the years perfected the art of distillation, refinery, blending and manufacture of various types of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for the local market and beyond. GIHOC Distilleries Company Limited was incorporated on December 19, 1979 under the Companies Code of Ghana, 1963 (Act 179) as a Private Limited Liability Company. Having duly complied with all the relevant provision under the Companies Code, GIHOC Distilleries Company Limited was issued with a Certificate to Commence Business on January 17, 1980.

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Business Services

  • Cocktail Service
  • provide cocktails using GIHOC products at a fee.

  • GIHOC Live Band:
  • Provide live band music for commercial purposes(all band men are employees of GIHOC)


Mandingo Bitters
Herb Afrik Bitters
Chevalier Brandy
Kaiser Imperial Aromatic Schnapps
Castle Bridge
TAKAI(Cocoa and Coffee liqueur);
Apet Dry Gin
Sorento Sweet Vermouth Wine;
Meridian Natural Mineral Water

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Hon. Maxwell Kof iJumah

Managing Director

Honorable Maxwell Kofi Jumah is an Administrator, Politician and Philanthropist. He had his Ordinary and Advance level education at Prempeh College and Konongo Odumase Secondary School respectively. He moved on to read BSc. Town Planning at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). While at KNUST, he was elected as the President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) in 1974, the foremost student association in Ghana. He furthered his education in USA where he read MBA in Finance and International Marketing at Rutgers University. In 2001, H.E President J.A. Kuffour appointed him as the Mayor of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA). As a Mayor, he endeared to transform the metropolis and also create life enhancing opportunities for all. After his tenure in 2004, Mr. Jumah was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Asokwa Constituency where he served for two (2) terms. In the Parliament of Ghana, he served on diverse committees from 2005 to 2012. These included the Parliament Select Committee on local Government, Finance Committee, etc. He also served on local Government Committee of German Development Cooperation (GTZ). In his first term as a Member of Parliament, Honorable Maxwell Kofi Jumah doubled as the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development for the Republic of Ghana with oversight over Environmental Protection and School feeding. This portfolio had direct supervisory jurisdiction over the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National School Feeding Program (NSFP) which were government priority areas. From August 2017 to date, Hon. Maxwell Kofi Jumah has served as the Managing Director of GIHOC Distilleries Company Limited and a member of Board of Directors and has since contributed in all the progress of the Company.