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Nleya said that the new plant for Minute Maid juices would also see the group change its packaging of Schweppes Still Water. The group will now be producing Minute Maid juices locally from June 2012.

She said the packaging is light weighted and more environmentally-friendly because it reduced the amount of resin utilised to make the bottle by approximately 50% whilst delivering the same level of product and packaging quality that was uniform with the products of the Coca-Cola Company.

“The Schweppes Still Water in new packaging will be fully launched in the market by June 2012 together with other juice containing products,” said Nleya. The group had spent US$32,5 million in plant investments in 7 years. The last upgrade was in 2005 at a cost of US$20 million.

Schweppes, which is 49% owned by Delta is expected to continue growing volumes driven by new products. The business is expected to deliver around US$9 million earnings before interest and taxation in the year to December 31 2012.

Schweppes, together with Afdis, contributed to US$1,725 million in profit towards Delta’s full year results under the section of income from associate companies on the income statement.

 

— Staff Writer.