Bidco to set up $19.4m beverage plant in Kenya




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Bidco Refineries, largest manufacturer of edible oils East and Central Africa is investing beverage industry, with a Sh1.7 billion ($19.4 million) beverage plant set to break domination of multinationals who dominate beverage market East African country.
“The move is line with our expansion to play even more categories of fast-moving consumer goods other than those we are already ,” local news , Business Daily quoted Mr Vimal Shah, CEO of Bidco as saying.
Shah said the company has acquired a piece of land the Thika-Garissa highway , where the company’ planned and bottling facility would be located. He had at the Reuters Africa Investment earlier in the year identified land availability as of the hindrances of industrial growth in .
Bidco has been in its edible oils business, with annual revenue in the excess of $200 million and to introduce new products in a $200 million investment by 2017. The firm also manufactures soaps, cooking fats, animal feeds baking powder and detergents.
Bidco plans to make non-carbonated still drinks, carbonated soft drinks and water in its planned facility, with Shah stressing that all the in the industry would get enough especially with the East African country’ expected to increase to 60 million from 40 million by 2030.
Bidco plans a factory with two processing lines; each will be fitted with capacity to produce 24,000 bottles per hour. About 100 million plastic bottles per year are expected to be produced by a separate plant.
The company estimates an annual of 50 million litres from the soft drink pant, which would be gotten from production lines to include smoothies, energy and drinks, and carbonated soft drinks, as well as non-carbonated soft drinks with fruit.
With plans the proposed beverage plant all set, Bidco has gotten a Sh1.7 billion ($19.4 million) loan from local banks, a development seen as part of a bigger by the company to expand by up to 400 percent in the next four years.
The company’ projected growth is expected to be achieved via a Sh4 billion expansion supported by big lenders such as International Finance Corporation (IFC) which has agreed to lend Bidco another Sh2 billion ($22.8 million). (VENTURES AFRICA