SABMiller Zambia is set to increase efficiencies at its Zambian Breweries Plc. Lusaka brewery with the arrival of a new state-of-the-art bottle labeller valued at US$1.7 Million.
The machine is the latest demonstration of the investment in Zambia by SABMiller, which encompasses Zambian Breweries, National Breweries and Heinrich’s Syndicate, and comes amid the company’s renewed confidence following the reduction in clear beer excise tax from 60 percent to 40 percent in January this year.
The labeller, which will be able to label all beer brands in 340ml and 375ml bottles has a capacity of 27,000 bottles per hour. The machine was ordered from Hamburg, Germany, and took 75 days to transport by ship and truck.
With the arrival of the labeller, Zambian Breweries is now on course to commence local production of Castle Lite.
“This development, further, enhances our role on promoting local investment and job creation. We are excited about the new labeller. Once it is installed and fully operational, it will increase the productivity and efficiency of our Lusaka plant exponentially. We will produce more of our product at an even faster pace thanks to the state-of-the-art machine,” said Corporate Affairs Director Ezekiel Sekele.
“We are passionate about brewing and have a long tradition of craftsmanship, making superb beer from high quality natural ingredients. The new labeller will enhance this,” he added. – (Lusaka Times)