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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, July 25) – SP Brewery Limited has broken new grounds in the history of Papua New Guinea’s beer industry after winning three gold medals for its trade mark products, SP Lager, South Pacific Export and Niugini Ice.

The awards were announced at the recent Monde Selection for quality in Belgium.

The Monde Selection is a Belgium based Institute for Quality and is one of the world’s prestigious beer awards which recognises the quality for ingredients used, the brewing processes and techniques and awards gold medal only to those that meet the highest standards. This year over 70 countries participated in the awards.

General manager Stan Joyce said it was the first time that the three products had all won this prestigious awards among some of the best beers in the world.

Mr Joyce paid tribute to an article which appeared on the front page of this newspaper in 1952 in which the writer reviewed the first SP brew before it was released in 1952 and said that the beer produced by SP Brewery has been good ever since.

"With this great achievement, SP Brewery will not be resting on this success. All of us here are working to build a winning culture to achieve even greater things," Mr Joyce said.

"On behalf of all at SP Brewery, I would personally like to thank people of PNG, our customers, the media and particularly the Post-Courier whom we have been together with in the early days for your support."

2007 also marks the first time that our premium brand, South Pacific Export Lager, has been awarded the gold medal for the second consecutive year,"

"To win a Monde Selection award truly represents international quality…and all Papua New Guineans should be proud as our PNG made beers truly deserve their place amongst the world class international beers," said SP Brewery’s technical manager Daniel Khaw.

He said the unprecedented events marked a turning point for the beer industry in PNG, "putting us in the ranks of great international beer brands such as Australia’s James Boag’s premium and the American Sam Adam’s Light all of whom are winners of the Monde Selection gold medals as well".

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