New Ugandan bottling line opens to produce 6,000 bottles an hour
Bottling line replaces and quadruples the capacity of the 1963 line
Feature 22 JUN 2018
This week Diageo opened a new glass bottling line at its spirit’s manufacturing Plant - International Distillers in Uganda. The new line will quadruple current capacity. The 13 billion Ugandan shilling (UGX)investment has a capacity of 6,000 bottles per hour, replacing the old line installed in 1963 which had the capacity to produce 1,440 bottles per hour.
The new line will allow Uganda Breweries to not only grow in terms of volume, but also increase the number of products processed locally in market. It follows on from a 44 billion (UGX) state-of-the art bottling line which was launched in 2010 doubling capacity of the beer bottling plant.
Diageo’s Africa President,John O’Keeffe, the Managing Director of Ugandan Breweries Mark Ocitti and and the Minister for Trade all attended the launch on the 19th June.
Speaking at the launch, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Hon Amelia Kyambadde said: “I commend Uganda Breweries for being a committed partner in our nation’s industrial development and was pleased to learn that the Brewery is utilising locally sourced neutral spirit to produce a number of your great brands. The increased production capacity will go a long way in boosting our local sugar industries, improve government collections and reduce foreign exchange outflows.” Uganda Breweries is now Uganda’s fourth largest tax payer which is set to increase with the new production capacity.
Uganda Breweries MD Mr. Ocitti says the state of the art line is of international quality distilling standards ensuring the production of exceptionally high quality and safe spirits with the latest technology. He added “Our commitment is to offer alcohol consumers a quality and affordable product. The new line will allow for more variety in brand choice and size that will suit different pocket sizes and pallets. It will also provide a better offering to those consuming illicit or unregulated alcohol that has proven to be harmful.”
The new capacity means that Uganda Breweries will be expanding its range of brands currently produced locally. The expansion facilitates increased capacity of more traditional spirits brands in the market as well as brands like Gilbeys , Richot and Smirnoff which we have been producing in Kenya.