KENYA – Unilever East Africa has inaugurated a Sh500 million warehouse facility that is designed to flexibly handle high-mix, health, and beauty products across East Africa.

The 23,000-square-meter facility is equipped with automated storage and retrieval systems and has a greater pallet capacity, enabling the company to store, process, and ship its products efficiently.

Unilever Kenya’s Managing Director, Luck Ochieng, noted that the newly constructed ultra-modern warehouse is a commitment to growth not only on turnover but also on capacity, job creation, and community impact.

He added that the investment is a testament to Unilever’s purpose of making sustainable living commonplace.

“With the increasing demand for Unilever’s products in recent times and limited warehousing capacity in the market, Unilever aims to close the gap between higher demand and shortage of supply through this new facility,” Luck pointed out.

Addressing the company’s commitment to sustainability, Unilever’s Head of Supply Chain in Africa, Christian Byron, affirmed the importance of localizing raw and packaging materials in Unilever’s production processes.

He noted that 70% of the raw and packaging materials that Unilever uses for production on the continent are made in Africa, which has a positive impact on the access and affordability of Unilever’s products.

“At Unilever, we continue to invest and strengthen our commitment to Kenya with the expansion of our facilities in the country. We strongly believe in the potential of this country and our consumers, and we are fully committed to playing a role in their respective growth stories.” Byron concluded.

As the subsidiary of the British CPG group gears up for expansion, Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji has pledged a competitive environment for the company.

“All that I manufacture from soaps and edible oils to soft drinks are needed daily, and that is why I am placed to compete with global brands such as Proctor & Gamble, and Unilever. In the colas, I am positioned to compete with giants such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola,” he said in an interview with CNN.

“You are talking of an economy of about US$70 billion, now when you are talking of revenue of about US$2.5 billion, then you cannot be in one business and that is why I am in over 150 different product lines.”

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