PepsiCo has signed a bottling agreement with Alokozay Group of Companies

PepsiCo has signed a bottling agreement with Alokozay Group of Companies

PepsiCo has signed a bottling agreement with Alokozay Group of Companies for the manufacture and distribution of its drinks brands in Afghanistan.

The beverages will be produced at the company's bottling plant Alokozay Beverages Co (ABCO), which will be set up in Kabul with an initial investment of US$60m, PepsiCo said today. The Alokozay Group is a consumer goods distribution and marketing company headquartered in Dubai, and with a strong presence in Afghanistan.

As part of the agreement, the plant will manufacture brands including Pepsi Cola, Diet Pepsi, 7-UP, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Sting and Aquafina.

The new plant is expected to begin operations in March 2012.

"We look forward to a long-term, successful and mutually beneficial partnership between PepsiCo and the Alokozay Group of Companies," said PepsiCo's CEO for Asia, Middle East and Africa, Saad Abdul-Latif. "We are confident that this partnership will allow us to offer consumers in Afghanistan diverse and appealing world class beverages."