Coca-Cola has opened a new Sh7 billion processing line at its Embakasi plant in Nairobi.
The line, which has a production capacity of 28,000 bottles per hour, has seen the creation of 24 additional jobs at the plant so far.
“The natural hotfill line process largely takes out preservatives unlike all our factories in Kenya. Instead, the product goes into the bottle at very high temperatures,” said Daryl Wilson, the managing director for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) Kenya.
This is the first processing line that will use the hotfill technology in Kenya and the second in East Africa after another one, which CCBA owns in Uganda.
The line will be used to process fresh juices, iced teas and sports drinks.
Coca-Cola sources fruits from local farmers. For the newest product, mango with bits, the fruit comes from Murang’a.
“The Public Procurement and Disposal Act will give close attention to the requirement of the 40 per cent local content policy which Coca-Cola is already exceeding,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta who presided over the launch.