The facility will allow Delta to introduce a number of PET pack sizes

The facility will allow Delta to introduce a number of PET pack sizes

Delta Beverages has opened a US$4m PET bottling plant in the country's capital, Harare.

The new plant replaces an older site that was closed in 2007, forcing the company to rely on imported product from Botswana and South Africa, the firm said today (13 July).

The facility means Delta can now introduce a number of PET pack sizes such as the 2-litre and 1.5-litre, in addition to the 500ml, as well as allow the company to venture into new product ranges such as sparkling water.

“We are now launching the main brands, Coke, Fanta and Sprite in 500ml, whilst the supplier of the bottles is fabricating moulds for the other Sparletta and Schweppes brands,” said the company, which is a subsidiary of Zimbabwe's Delta Corp.

“The plan is to launch the 2-litre pack by August and then introduce Schweppes mixers and sparkling water brands by end of the calendar year. This also sets the stage for growing our partnership with The Coca Cola Co. to grow the sparkling beverages business in Zimbabwe,” it added.

Delta said the new facility will reduce the cost of imported product, allowing it to invest in vending equipment, trolleys and coolers in the next few months to improve accessibility of the products to consumers.