Coca-Cola Sabco is halting all canned production

Coca-Cola Sabco is halting all canned production

Coca-Cola Sabco has halted production of canned beverages in Namibia because of a drought, according to a report.

The company's plant in Windhoek will also stop making glass bottles as water restrictions are placed on the capital city, AFP reported today. Another Sabco plant in the north of the country will continue to produce glass bottles while the Windhoek factory will maintain production of plastic bottle beverages.

The move follows worsening drought conditions in southern Africa that have seen businesses in Windhoek ordered to reduce water consumption by 30%, AFP said. The report also said that Coca-Cola had taken out advertising in Namibian newspapers to warn of potential beverage shortages. Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique have all issued drought alerts in recent months, AFP said.

Coca-Cola Sabco's Namibian office did not respond to just-drinks' request for comment

The water pressures will be a concern to Coca-Cola Sabco's partners in the creation of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, which won approval from South African regulators this week. Sabco, The Coca-Cola Co and SABMiller will come together to form what is expected to be the world's tenth largest Coca-Cola bottler.