As Uganda strives to boost agro industrialisation, one key area of interest is juice and food concentrates. Britania Allied Industries, which has been importing concentrate worth $55,000 (Shs209 million) per month, reveals that it is sourcing quality juice puree from within the country.
Ajith Prasad, the general manager operations at Britania: “The quality of the supply we are getting from Soroti Fruit Factory is good. We have since reduced by nearly 17percent our import value of concentrates worth $55,000 each month. We shall gradually replace with local supplies.”
The Soroti Fruit Factory, a joint venture between the state-owned Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) and the Teso Tropical Fruit Farmers Cooperative Union, primarily produces the Teju brand; but with very low volumes.
Unfortunately, the Soroti Fruit Factory valued at $11.4 million has been experiencing capacity challenges, with barely 40 percent of the entire production of fruits in the Teso sub-region being absorbed.