AB InBev’s local unit, Zambian Breweries Plc on 28 June 2018 officially opened the US$30 million expansion project of the packaging line located on the Copperbelt, Zambia’s industrial and Mining hub.
Speaking at the official commissioning of the plant in Ndola, company operations director Franz Shepping said the introduction of the state of the heart hi-tech technology will help in improving production and ensure efficient use of resources such as water and energy.
“We are also investing in our employees through training them on how to effectively use and operate this advanced modern equipment,” he said. Shepping said the company is determined to continue contributing to the sustainable growth of the economy, as more than one thousand youths have been employed through the same project.
Minister of Trade, Christopher Yaluma who graced the occasion said the programs been undertaken by Zambian Breweries are a clear testimony of the companies commitment to the growth of our economy. “We have to engage the private sector if we are to achieve growth, it is everyone’s responsibility to improve the lives of people. We are committed to enhance the brewing sector and the economy at large,” Yaluma said.
Earlier Zambian Breweries handed over 28 housing units to families at Itawa Spring in Chipulukusu in Ndola. The houses were built by Zambian breweries in partnership with Habitat For Humanity Zambia – HFHZ at a total cost of K3 million.
HFHZ national director Kanyata Mukelabai said phase 1 started On 1st November, 2015. Phase 2 in July, 2017 with a focus of making additional improvements to all 28 houses. He said all this were made possible by Zambian breweries. But not only Zambia breweries as such , but the vision and generosity of those men and women at this institution who came up with this ideas that conserve nature.
“Indeed I call upon Zambian breweries to take this motivation into other projects on housing with emphasis on less cost but decent accommodation for the most vulnerable,” he said.The Brewing industry supports Agro production with Zambian Breweries being a major buyer of Cassava for the Eagle beer, burley for malt production used in the production for other beer local brands like Mosi.