Uganda: New plant to increase demand for local fruit

Following a requirement by all juice manufacturers to improve quality, a leading juice manufacturer has improved its manufacturing accuracy and quality control by installing a new state of the art multi billion plant.

The US$3m (shs9b) plant is set to increase demand for locally produced fruits such as mangos, passion, pineapples and oranges that are essential in juice extraction.

Britania Allied Industries the manufacturers of Splash juice are the first company so far to meet the set requirements by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) the standards body.

Jagadish Kumathe the General Manager Commercial and Logistics said the US$ 3m (shs9b) Tetra Brik Aseptic (TBA) plant from Sweden will go a long way in bolstering quality of the juice production.

“The issue of quality in juice production is very important that is why we felt it necessary to invest close to shs10b in this new plant,” he told the Press at their premises in Ntinda yesterday.

Jagadish noted that the 2015 TBA-19 model replaces the TBA-3 model that the plant has been using since 1997.

The general manager marketing, K.R Sridharan said the new plant means more cash for local fruit farmers.

“Now that we have a plant that produces more, we shall definitely need more supplies of pineapples and mangoes from local Uganda farmers,” he said.

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