Soft drink shortage dampens festive season

Godfrey Marawanyika

FOR the second straight year running Zimbabweans have spent the festive season facing an acute shortage of soft drinks.



s-serif”>This time around the problem has been caused by the non-availability of carbon dioxide to Delta Beverages Ltd (Delta) by a South African firm whose plant had a breakdown.


Carbon dioxide is used during the production of soft drinks to produce the fizzy product.


The breakdown has resulted in Delta, the manufacturers of fizzy drinks, failing to supply most retail outlets in Zimbabwe.


The manufacturers have failed to supply carbon dioxide because their plants broke down, but supplies are expected to resume any time from next week.


During the past 12 months Delta, which controls the Coca-Cola brand name and also does distribution, has had its production capacity hamstrung.


Among some of the problems include the lack of colourings and sugar.

No comment could be obtained from Delta this week as those responsible for media queries were all said to be on leave.


It is reliably understood that the company has not made an official statement on the latest problems because it does not want to create panic buying and hoarding by outlets.


Last year Zimbabwe experienced a severe shortage of basic commodities that was exacerbated by the imposition of price controls by government.

The process led to a thriving parallel market of the controlled goods.


The shortages of carbon dioxide have also greatly affected many retail outlets that have since run dry of soft drinks.


Many tuck shops have also been affected.

The situation has been worsened by the continuous breakdown of Zimbabwe Glass’ G2 furnace, used in the manufacture of bottles.


Zimglass is the country’s sole bottle manufacturing firm.

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