KENYA – Kenyan state corporation, Coast Development Authority (CDA) has launched its first bottled water product under the brand name ‘Tana Best.
The new product is processed at the Galole fruit processing factory located in the outskirts of Hola town, Garissa County, North Eastern of Kenya.
CDA injected Ksh. 7.5 million (US$67k) in the installation of a bottle water production line at the premises as a way of averting under-utilization of the factor which processes mango juice and was remaining dormant during low fruit season.
“As we seek to spur socio-economic development and promote value addition, Tana River’s first bottled water venture fits well into the manufacturing sector and job creation efforts by the government.”CDA MD Dr. Mohamed Keinan
The line, with a state-of-the-art water treatment and packaging equipment has a processing capacity of 4,000 bottles of purified water.
The automatic bottle filling machine has a capacity of bottling 2,000 litres per hour and the Reverse Osmosis plant with a capacity of purifying 1,000 litres per hour.
According to reports by Kenyan News Agency, the plant sources its water from River Tana that meanders into the vast region.
The Authority MD Dr. Mohamed Keinan said the development project was aligned to the national government’s agenda of universal healthcare, affordable housing, food security, and manufacturing.
“As we seek to spur socio-economic development and promote value addition, Tana River’s first bottled water venture fits well into the manufacturing sector and job creation efforts by the government,” he said.
Dr. Keinan disclosed plans are underway to upgrade the Galole factory to a multi-fruit juice facility to include processing pineapples, guava, watermelon, chili, and tomato sauce with carton packaging after undergoing an expansion.
The fruit project which was built in 2012 has capacity to process 30 metric tonnes of mangoes a day and there are 30 direct workers and 2,250 mango collectors serving the plant.
“We also have a plan to export our new fruit products other than mango juice to the neighbouring counties including Garissa, Lamu, Kilifi, and Mombasa” said Dr. Keinan.
He gave the assurance that the ‘Tana Best’ purified drinking water is bottled under stringent hygienic condition and strict quality control at every stage of the treatment, under the supervision of well-trained technical staff.
Dr. Keinan noted the water bottling plant is projected to generate gross revenue of Sh6 million (US$55k) per month.
Tana Best is currently supplied in 500 ml and one litre plastic water bottles. Plans are afoot to supply the water in different capacities like 0.5 litre, 1 litre, 16 litres and 20 litres which will be modified with specifications as per the clients’ requirements.
A bale containing 24 pieces of half-liter bottles goes for Sh330 which is within the market range.
In other related news, coastal county of Kenya, Kwale has broken ground for the construction of the second phase of the sh.600 million (US$5.6m) fruit processing plant in Shimba Hills.
The construction of the fruit-processing plant started last year and will proceed in phases until completion next year.
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