Capital FM (Nairobi)

18 February 2013

Kenya: Pepsi Plant Opens in Kenya

The Seven-Up Bottling(SBC) Company in Kenya has launched a Pepsi Cola manufacturing plant - equipped with advanced technologies to promote operating efficiencies, while reducing water and energy use as SBC strengthens its capacity to service the Kenyan market.

SBC Kenya Chairman Faysal El-Khalil explained that the establishment of the plant underpins continuing investor confidence in Kenya and he noted that the initiative was the first phase of the company's planned investments in the country and across the continent.

"When international investors mention Africa, they talk about the next one billion consumers, however Africa has to also play its role," he said.

"There is a lot that needs to be done in terms of improving governance, education, medical care and infrastructure and electricity. I think the opportunity for Africa, and Kenya in particular, is a great one," he emphasised.

El-Khalil expressed gratitude to the government for the assistance it provided in helping Pepsi set up the plan which is located off the Thika Highway - and emphasised that it will help the company meet the growing demand for consumer products and services in the market.

"We're looking forward to this opportunity and the added competition that we've brought to the market. It will lead to growth in the market, where everybody ends up a winner - particularly are consumers," he explained.

"What we intend to do - is to provide our millions of consumers with wholesome products at affordable prices with an added value," he said.

SBC Kenya has a workforce of 200 members that El-Khalil explained will increase to 300 within the next 12 months.

He emphasised that SBC Kenya will be committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best talent in the market by offering a competitive salary and a comprehensive range of benefits.

He added that "the manufacturing capacities in the facility have been designed to keep abreast of market demand, while maintaining the highest standards of operation."

"We keep a hawk's eye on our quality processes guided by the stringent standards of PepsiCo International and Seven-Up International," he said.

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