Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has opened a new juice line at its Nairobi plant in Kenya, which was launched by president of the country Uhuru Kenyatta.
The juice line will manufacture a range of products including fruit juices, sports drinks, dairy fusions and iced tea. Over 1,500 people work at the CCBA plant in Nairobi and the investment will create 24 more jobs.
Daryl Wilson, CCBA Kenya managing director, said: “The natural hot-fill line process largely takes out preservatives unlike all our factories in Kenya. Instead, the product goes into the bottle at very high temperatures.”
CCBA, which was formed in 2016, produces and distributes approximately 40% of all Coca-Cola beverage volumes in Africa and is the tenth largest Coca-Cola bottler worldwide.
It was created through the combination of African non-alcoholic, ready-to-drink bottling interests of SABMiller, The Coca-Cola Company, and Gutsche Family Investments.
President Kenyatta stated he was not only pleased with the investment and the direct jobs created by the Nairobi plant, but also those created for suppliers and the farmers.
He said there is need to commercialise the country’s agriculture and raise its standards to both compete in the region and anywhere in the world.
President Kenyatta reiterated the Kenyan’s government’s commitment to continue building more infrastructure, and developing policies that are friendly to manufacturers.
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