Crown Beverages is looking to increase its presence in Rwanda by setting up facilities in neighbouring Burundi and The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to local reports.

The Uganda-based beverage company, which bottles Pepsi, told In2EastAfrica yesterday (23 January) that it will open operations in the two countries, which both border Rwanda. Crown was cited by the publication as saying that it has started importing and distributing in Rwanda due to a high demand for soft drinks.

The company recently tripled its capacity by adding a production line to its Kampala facility in Uganda. However, two additional plants will allow Crown to "increase production .... supply the Rwanda market and launch our distribution for Burundi and DRC".

Timescale and financial details were not disclosed, and no-one was available to confirm the reports when contacted by just-drinks.

In addition to Pepsi, Crown also bottles Mirinda, 7UP, Evervess, Peak mineral water and Mountain Dew.