$40 million Pepsi plant to open early next year

Varun Beverages Zimbabwe is expecting to start production at its $40 million dollars Pepsi bottling plant under construction in Harare early next year having completed the first phase,” the company’s General Manager Fungai Murahwa has said.

The beverages company said it was now in the process of fitting equipment having initially targeted to complete the construction at the end of 2016.

Mr Murahwa told zifmnews.com that they were still within their set time frame for completion, but he however noted that delays in the arrival of plant equipment may force them to go beyond their target.

“We are still within the set times and we are confident that we will complete within those time frames, but delays in the arrival of plant equipment may see us take a little longer,” Mr Murahwa said.

“The challenges we have been facing are mainly to do with service provision from some service providers. We had looked forward to empowering local distributors with a facility to procure delivering vehicles but import duty on the vehicles is too high, especially given the number that we had initially targeted.”

Mr Murahwa said the country must double its efforts in ensuring the ease of doing business.

He added that economic challenges the country was facing were not permanent and that they were optimistic about the market.

“The current challenges faced in Zimbabwe are not entirely new and peculiar to Zimbabwe. These are challenged that can be encountered any were across the world. Having said that, the challenges are not permanent, Zimbabwe can only get better from here and we are optimistic about it,” he said. ZiFM News