Lilongwe – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) in Malawi marked the one-year anniversary of its operations as a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa with the official change of the local entity’s name to Coca-Cola Beverages Malawi Ltd (CCBM) and notching up significant milestones, including a move to clear Sprite packaging which makes the bottles easier to recycle, and an investment in its glass bottle production line to increase capacity.
The move to Sprite clear is a precursor to the company ramping up its plastic waste collection and recycling efforts. Clear PET plastic bottles have a higher value as a recyclable material as they are easier to recycle than coloured packages.
The company has also refurbished its office in Lilongwe as a further investment in the business.
“CCBA’s strategic intent is to be the anchor bottler in each of the markets within its footprint,” said Seutloadi Thaanyane, managing director of CCBM.
“CCBA made a significant investment in Malawi through the purchase of the soft drinks beverages business from Castel (Southern Bottlers Limited) in 2022. We see a compelling long-term growth opportunity in Malawi that will benefit our business as well as consumers in this market.
“Our recent investments in increased production capacity and the refurbishment of our Lilongwe office further cement our commitment to growing our business and the local economy,” said Thaanyane.