LOBELS Holdings has acquired a state-of-the-art automatic bread-making machine in a bid to expand the Bulawayo plant.
The equipment, which was imported from South Africa at a cost of R5 million ($75 billion), is meant to produce close to 120 00
0 loaves per day.
At present, only 60 000 loaves are being produced per day.
During a tour of the plant on Monday, Ngoni Mazango the managing director of Lobels Bulawayo branch told businessdigest that the new bread-making machine is expected to be operational by December.
Mazango said presently the bread-making machine is producing 4 000 loaves per hour and 60 000 loaves per day.
“Our aim is to produce a capacity of almost 200 000 loaves per day
after the completion of this second plant which we brought from South Africa at a cost of R5 million,” said Mazango.
“At present, only the oven machine that started operating some weeks ago is operational. The mixers, prover and the dividers for the whole second plant would be in full operation by December.”
The investment, according to Mazango, is expected to create 300 new jobs, bringing to 600 the staff complement at the plant.
The first plant, which was officially opened by the Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono last year, created 300 jobs for Bulawayo residents.
Lobels Holdings operations manager, John Chikomo said his company is currently facing many viability problems spawned by the economic challenges the country is facing.