KENYA – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), the eighth largest Coca-Cola bottling partner worldwide by revenue and the biggest on the continent, has changed the name of its Kenyan subsidiary from Nairobi Bottlers Limited to Coca-Cola Beverages Kenya.
CCBA acquired 100% shareholding in Nairobi Bottlers Limited (NBL) in October 2019 after it acquired majority shares in Almasi Beverages Limited (53.9%).
CCBA Kenya Managing Director James Bowmaker said the change of name is part of CCBA’s intent to be the anchor bottler in each of the 15 markets within its footprint.
“CCBA has made significant investments in Kenya through the four bottling entities: Nairobi Bottlers Limited, Crown Beverages Limited, Equator Bottlers Limited, and Almasi Beverages Limited,” the multi-national company announced.
“The name change does not alter the legal status or ownership of the bottler and all employee, customer, and supplier relationships remain unchanged. The other three Coca-Cola Beverages Africa subsidiaries in Kenya; Crown Beverages Limited, Equator Bottlers Limited, and Almasi Beverages Limited will not be affected.”
The CCBA subsidiary in Kenya recently opened its new wastewater treatment plant at its Equator Bottlers Ltd plant in Kisumu, which will promote sustainable water use and help reduce the factory’s environmental impact.
The new plant will enable Equator Bottlers Ltd to treat and recycle wastewater generated from its production facility, which will be used for non-potable purposes such as irrigation and cleaning.
The state-of-the-art facility is part of CCBA’s commitment to use water as respectfully and efficiently as possible and increase water security for communities.
By implementing this initiative, CCBA is taking a significant step towards the goal of replenishing 100% of the water used in production.
The company has also accelerated the shift towards sustainable packaging with the introduction of clear plastic bottles for Dasani water.
CCBA, which is setting the pace for the beverages industry as it expands the use of clear PET polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles, said clear PET bottles are easier to recycle than colored PET bottles which means more plastic bottles will be recycled to make new ones.
This is part of Coca-Cola’s World Without Waste vision, which aims to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle it can sell by 2030.
Clear PET plastic also contributes to economic empowerment as it will have more value for waste recyclers who depend on collecting and selling plastic packaging waste for their livelihood.
With a steadfast commitment to reducing its environmental impact, the company has adopted the initiative created by The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) to build a World Without Waste by actively promoting a responsible culture of proper waste segregation, collection, and recycling across Kenya.