The Kenya Wine Agencies Limited (KWAL) held a ground-breaking ceremony for its state-of-the-art Ksh. 4 billion manufacturing facility in Tatu Industrial Park, in the 5,000 acre Tatu City Special Economic Zone. The new facility is expected to enhance KWAL’s local value creation and make a significant contribution to the company’s long-term growth strategy.
The investment marks the first production facility opened by KWAL in more than two decades. KWAL was privatised in 2015 and that is the point at which Distell became a shareholder. This will enable the company to unlock opportunities in improving brand capabilities, increase its product portfolio and expand its regional reach with additional Depot Centers in Eldoret and Meru towns.
KWAL shareholders in the project include Distell, Africa’s leading producer and marketer of spirits, fine wines, ciders and ready-to-drinks, which has majority shareholding. The Government of Kenya is a significant shareholder through the Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation (ICDC).
Kuria Muchiru, KWAL Chairperson, stated during the event, “The aspirations of Kenya’s Big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030’s economic pillar to boost local production, expand to the regional market and take advantage of global market niches has been the guide for our operations and expansion for KWAL. Our new plant is expected to greatly enhance production capacity, as well as our competitiveness within the East African region.” Speaking on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Trade, CAS Lawrence Karanja called on manufacturers to take up opportunities to enhance their manufacturing capacities.
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