Hariss International Limited, the African producer of mineral water and soft drinks has added two new complete PET lines from Sidel, a global provider of liquid packaging solutions.
The company said in a recent statement that the two lines will be operational by the start of next year.
The PET lines comes complete with Combi14 machines, as well as Starblend mixers, Alfa roll fed labeling, GeboCermex packers, Twin Pack handle applicators, GeboCermex bottle conveyors, accumulation tables, and bottle aligners, the company said.
Harris chose to get additional business from Sidel due to their extensive history together and the company’s knowledge on bottle and line design and optimization.
The addition of the two new lines will help the company remain competitive in the market that has over the last two decades been dominated by two manufactrurers Crown Beverages Limited and Century Bottling Company.
“High levels of quality and consistency are the keys to success in the beverage industry,” said Andrews Ruben, the managing director of Hariss International Ltd.
Hariss was incorporated in 2005 with the intent to providing biscuits, mineral water among other products for the Ugandan market under the “Riham” brand name.
The company is located in the prime location in Kawempe, a Kampala suburb and has employed over 1,500 Ugandans directly and indirectly.
Looking at 31% increase in the consumption of soft drinks in Uganda since 2008, company officials believe they not only understand the need for expansion, but also believe they are fully capable of delivering the means necessary to cope with the increasing demand.
Consumption of soft drinks reached 199.6 million liters in 2013, representing 6.6% growth from the previous year.
Source : The Independent