Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Uganda) has today officially commissioned a brand new USD10million (UGX 39billion) Manufacturing Line to enable them bottle more Rwenzori Pure Natural Mineral Water.
The new bottling line at the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Uganda) Namanve site operated by Century Bottling Company has a capacity of producing 24,000 bottles an hour, accelerating the production of Rwenzori Pure Natural Mineral Water to refresh and hydrate Ugandans.
The USD10million (UGX39billion) investment brings to Uganda the newest bottling line technology out of Germany, by KHS enabling the Company to innovate further for the increasingly changing consumer demands.
The investment was part of a US$15 Million investment plan that Coca-Cola Beverages Africa had for Uganda alone in 2018.
This is one of the fastest projects ever of this nature. The Minister of State for Investment and Privatisation, Hon. Evelyn Anite, officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony on 20th April 2018 and by December 2018, the line installation was complete. Speaking at the commissioning, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives who represented H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, lauded Coca-Cola Beverages Africa for focusing on Uganda and investing US$10million (UGX39billion) within Uganda to benefit citizens and support the economy.
“Of this, I am told US$3.5million was spent inside Uganda on civil works, construction and auxiliary services. That is a very significant amount for many reasons. First of all, that means that the bulk of the investment that we are commissioning today was spent inside our own country and directly benefited Ugandans. This fits well within our Buy Uganda, Build Uganda policy and I applaud you for that. Also, your investment in a new Manufacturing Line creates more jobs for very many categories of Ugandans – which fulfills the NRM pledge to create more jobs and wealth especially for the youth of Uganda,” he said.
“As Government, we acknowledge and thank Coca-Cola for being a development partner of Uganda. On top of these investments, you also pay taxes – I understand you paid UGX140billion in taxes last year. This is a very significant amount and we look forward to seeing it increase once this new investment begins to bear results. During the tour of the facility, it was gratifying to see the quality of your equipment and to note that you have two other bottling facilities in Uganda, and that you are still setting up more. By bottling high quality international brands in Uganda, you are promoting the economy within Uganda and also promoting the country internationally,” said the President.
The CEO of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Mr. Jacques Vermeulen assured H.E of the investment commitments of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Uganda), which runs three subsidiaries bottling Coca-Cola products (Century Bottling Company), pure natural mineral water (Rwenzori Bottling Company) and recycling plastic waste taken from the environment (Plastic Recycling Industries).
“We employ about 1,900 Ugandans in our three plants in Kampala, Mukono and Mbarara, and support more than 100,000 businesses across our extensive retail distribution network. Coca-Cola Beverages Africa is proud to make these contributions on top of paying taxes to the tune of more than UGX140billion annually. We are serious about doing business in Uganda and supporting this economy,” Mr. Vermeulen said.
He added that the investment in the brand new US$10million Manufacturing Line was a strong demonstration of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda`s commitment to the development of Uganda despite the tough economic conditions. It is important to note that this investment was made on a promise to reduce excise duty from 13% to 12% in the 2018/19 FY and gradual decrease per year until 10%. We are grateful that this happened last year. Unfortunately, the reduction from 12% to 11% in the 2019/ 2020 FY has been rejected by Parliament. Your Excellency, this investment is confirmation that a favorable tax regime can attract more investment for the industry.
The Coca-Cola system leadership emphasized that the Company will continue to be a relevant partner with Government and called upon the Government officials present to ensure they work to limit the challenges private sector faces in doing business
About Coca-Cola Beverages Africa
As Africa’s largest Coca-Cola bottler and the world’s 8th largest by revenue – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) bottles and distributes trademarked beverages owned by The Coca-Cola Company. With over 15 000 employees in Africa, CCBA services millions of customers with a host of international and local brands.
The group was formed in July 2016 after the successful combination of the Southern and East Africa bottling operations of the non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages businesses of the Coca-Cola Company, SAB Miller plc and Gutsche Family Investments. CCBA shareholders now are; The Coca-Cola Company 65.5% and Gutsche Family Investments 34.5%.
We are pursuing an initiative we call A Better Africa, whose goal is to ensure that 80% of our imported raw materials are sourced locally by 2022. This will increase local shared opportunities, minimise importation of our key inputs, save foreign currency as well as provide more access to critical jobs, skills and resources.
As part of the Coca-Cola system, our bold and ambitious goal is to help collect or recycle a bottle or can for every one we sell by 2030.
About Century Bottling Company Limited and Rwenzori Bottling Company Limited
With a 23-year track record in Uganda, we are proud to employ more than 1,900 staff across three bottling facilities and one recycling facility, supplying a broad range of ready to drink non-alcoholic products in the soft drinks, water and juice categories. We are evolving our recipes to offer consumers more choice, creating new drinks that provide benefits like nutrition, hydration and low or no sugar according to changing consumer preferences.
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