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• Company grows sales volumes by 900% percent over 20 years of Ugandan ownership
• Sales grow from 2million raw cases (2.4m 8 oz cases) of soda in 1993 to 20million raw cases (25m 8 oz cases) in 2013.
Kampala, April 15th 2013- 20 years after the ownership of the former government-owned Lake Victoria Bottling Company was transferred to Crown Beverages Limited- a company owned by 3 local shareholders, there is cause to celebrate, thanks to years of investments and stable management that has seen the company grow and is on course to become an industry leader in the heavily competitive Carbonated Soft Drink (CSD) industry.
Lake Victoria Bottling Co. Ltd started production in 1951 as the franchisee bottler for PepsiCo, but was in 1993 privatized to a consortium of local investors, who renamed it Crown Bottlers Ltd. In 1997, International Pepsi-Cola Bottler Investments, a South African firm acquired a 51 percent stake in the company and renamed it Crown Beverages Ltd. In 2001, the 3 local shareholders, Amos Nzeyi, Chris Kayoboke and Dr Margaret Kigozi re-acquired 100 percent control of the company.
Following decades of investment that has seen 4 new glass bottling lines and 1 plastic packaging line added to the Nakawa-based plant and several new products introduced, the company today has witnessed unprecedented growth and is today one of the leading employers and tax payers in the country.
“Over the last 20 years, we have made significant investments into new products, bottling lines thereby creating more demand and loyalty for our brands. The market has rewarded us with more loyalty, allowing us to grow our sales volumes from by 900% from 2milllion raw cases (2.4m 8 oz cases of soda) in 1993 to 20m raw cases (25m 8 oz cases) in 2013 6, ” said Amoz Nzeyi, Crown Beverages Executive Chairman.
Nzeyi, who was speaking at stakeholder dinner to mark the 20th anniversary, held at Kampala Serena Hotel, said that following 20 years of solid and profitable performance, the company, had set a foundation for a more robust growth.
“The last 20 years have been such a great experience. We believe, we have set a more solid foundation on which we shall build an even greater company over the next 20 years so as to leverage growth opportunities within Uganda. I have no doubt that with the support from PepsiCo, a dedicated local team as well as the huge love from our consumers; the next 20 years, will be even greater,” he said.
The dinner was attended by among others Rt. Hon Amama Mbabazi, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, Saad Abdul-Latif, PepsiCo Chief Executive Officer for Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) and Mr Sanjeev Chadha, PepsiCo President for Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.
Simon Lugoloobi, CEO Crown Beverages, attributed the growth of the company to consistent investments into the right product mix that has offered consumers more choice as well as the brands’ unswerving engagement with their consumers, which has increased loyalty and created stronger relationships.
“One of our major success stories in the past 20 years has been our ability to not only grow the strength of our existing brands but the ability to bring new brands to life and oversee their successful growth into key brands,” he said, adding: A case in point is Mountain Dew that was launched in the market 4 years ago but has grown to become one of Uganda’s most loved Soda brands appealing to consumers all over the country. This plus the staying power of Pepsi and Mirinda have helped catapult us to a position where our brands are some of the most highly rated in the market.”
The company’s brand portfolio includes: Pepsi-Cola, the flagship brand, Mountain Dew Mirinda (Fruity, Orange, Pineapple and the recently launched Mirinda Green Apple), 7UP and Evervess. These are available in 300ml returnable glass bottle, 500ml, 1 litre and 2 litre recyclable plastic bottles. The company also bottles mineral water under the Peak brand.
Saad Abdul-Latif, reiterated PepsiCo’s growing interest in Africa and said that the global foods and drinks giant, is committed to consolidating its recent gains in Uganda and elsewhere on the continent, as the next drivers of growth.
“Africa is the next Asia. The continent is the developing world’s next great success story and at PepsiCo we want to be right at the centre of that success story, working with local teams to leverage our years of best practices and the world’s best brands so we can together match to a great future,” he said, adding: “We are very committed, to continue building Crown Beverages into an outstanding business and given our achievements over the last 20 years and the tremendous potential we see in Uganda, nothing is going to stop us.”
Mbabazi, praised the staff, management and directors of Crown Beverages for their resilience, hard work and setting a good example to other Ugandan entrepreneurs.
“I am proud to stand along with the board, management and staff, but most importantly, millions of your consumers and thump my chest and say- We have made it; because the success of every Ugandan business is ultimately a success for all of us.
He also said that the success of Crown Beverages is a national treasure and an opportunity for all Ugandans to learn about the importance of resilience, honesty and hard work as key elements of success.
“The Crown Beverages story is one of those inspiring stories that should be shared with many of our entrepreneurs and owners of start-ups who are still struggling. They need to understand that success is not an overnight affair and nor is it a smooth road- but rather a result of hard work, resilience and personal sacrifices – all towards a common vision,” he said.
dfcu Bank supports Rotary Blood Bank initiative
By Our Reporter
dfcu Bank has announced a contribution of UGX 15,000,000 as one of the sponsors of the upcoming Transformational Leadership Forum and the Kirk Wallum Jazz concert slated for 7th March 2019. The contribution is towards fundraising efforts for the Rotary Blood Bank at Mengo Hospital which was constructed by Rotary and its partners.
The announcement was at dfcu Bank’s head office in Kampala where the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Mathias Katamba, handed over a cheque to Dr. Emmanuel Katongole, Chairperson Rotary Blood Bank Program.
The initiative intends to raise $500,000 in order to equip Mengo Hospital with a fully-fledged Blood Bank which can test, process and pack safe blood before being distributed to other health centres.
According to dfcu CEO, Mathias Katamba, “It is unfortunate that, patients still die or suffer unnecessarily because they do not have access to safe blood transfusion. The timely availability of safe blood and blood products is essential in all health facilities. It is possible to bridge the gap, between blood requirements and annual shortfall of 100,000 units of blood in Uganda, if each one of us gets involved in initiatives such as these.”
“Our support towards this cause is directly in line with our brand promise of Making More Possible for the diverse communities in which we operate. People are at the heart of our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) agenda and the need for accessible safe blood is universal, so we are more than glad to make our contribution to this cause. We will be unveiling more community investment initiatives this year as dfcu celebrates 55 years of existence,” Katamba added.
“We are happy to have dfcu partner with us on a cause that will enable the Rotary Club make a significant contribution in meeting the annual deficit of 100,000 units of blood. Our target for this year is to equip the Mengo blood bank so that-it is a fully fledged facility which can test, process and pack safe blood. The contribution from dfcu towards our fundraising efforts is commendable,” said Emanuel Katongole.
dfcu Bank has a history with Rotary and has been a part of several fundraising initiatives including the Rotary Hospital in Mukono where dfcu made a contribution of UGX 150M towards its construction.
MTN Uganda Internship program 2019 now open
MTN Uganda is one of the leading employers in the country. As is their norm every year, they hire interns from different Universities across the country in the different disciplines to get skilled up on the job.
This year is no different and the program is now open for those who qualify. According to their website, MTN home to exciting, inspirational, innovative people in the Telecommunications industry who passionately and selflessly work to make our customer’s lives a whole lot BRIGHTER.
Thier values are brought to life by their guiding purpose-To Lead the Delivery of a BOLD New Digital World.
How to take part in the program this year.
If you are you in your 1st or 2nd year and looking for internship? MTN PULSE Undergraduate internship programme that will run from 1st June to 31st August 2019 is just the one for you.
Placements available in the following divisions: Finance, Sales & Distribution, Mobile Financial Services, Human Resources, Enterprise Business, Network Group, IT, Corporate Services & Legal, Capital Projects Group, Marketing etc.
To apply, please follow the link below
Attach the following;
- Your University faculty introductory letter
- A copy of your results (testimonial)
- A copy of your University ID
Applications are open till 30th April 2019
Huawei Presents Its Simplified 5G and SoftCOM AI Solutions at the MWC Barcelona 2019
By Staff Writer
Huawei has been committed to helping operators expand their business boundaries and achieve new growth through innovations in networks, services, and business models. To this end, Huawei is presenting its end-to-end 5G products and solutions at the event, such as simplified 5G sites, architecture, protocols, and operations & maintenance (O&M). These new offerings will help operators quickly deploy 5G networks on a large scale. Huawei has also launched the SoftCOM AI solution, which will help build autonomous driving networks of the future and maximize the value of telecom networks.
5G has arrived, and AI has become a new general-purpose technology. Innovation will never end and humanity will continue to develop, driven by advancements in science and technology. The intelligent world of the future will be a “Digital Village” where everyone is included and closely connected.
At this year’s event, Huawei is expanding on the theme of “Building a Fully Connected, Intelligent World”. Huawei’s main exhibition hall – Hall 1 – was designed around the theme of “The Digital Village”, representing the combination of technology and culture. The “Digital Village” provides a platform that brings together global industry elites and KOLs, allowing them to exchange ideas and discuss what challenges and opportunities the fully connected, intelligent world will bring to humanity.
Huawei’s main booth at Hall1 in Mobile World Congress 2019
Huawei has maintained absolute leadership in 5G solutions through ongoing investment in R&D. The high 5G network performance and strong delivery capabilities make Huawei a partner of choice. So far, Huawei has signed over 30 commercial 5G contracts with operators around the world, and shipped over 40,000 5G base stations. Its aim is to help operators jump start 5G and deliver a high-quality 5G user experience.
In Hall 1, Huawei is showcasing its end-to-end 5G products and solutions, ranging from simplified 5G sites and 5G integrated transport, to 5G cloud core and simplified 5G O&M. It also demonstrated its core technologies behind the new products and solutions, including radio frequency, optical transmission, IP, and IT. All of these are evidence of Huawei’s extensive experience in R&D and strong innovation capabilities.
Huawei was the first company in the industry to launch commercial 5G chips and devices, and has worked with the industry to drive 5G maturity and commercialization. Huawei demonstrated 8K high-definition (HD) livestreaming on Vodafone Spain’s 5G network, and showcased new applications such as Cloud VR, cloud gaming, and cloud PCs. These applications showed that 5G will bring a better life for everyone.
Under the support of Huawei, multiple European operators, including Vodafone, announced that 5G networks are now ready for commercial use. Huawei also signed 5G contracts with many operators from around the world.
In addition, Huawei presented its idea for autonomous driving networks, as well as its full-stack, all-scenario SoftCOM AI solution, with the aim to significantly improve operating efficiency, network performance, O&M efficiency, and user experiences. The SoftCOM AI solution enables “0 bits, 0 watts” and adaptive beam adjustment, thereby maximizing the value of telecom networks.
Huawei is actively innovating networks, services, and business models. It works with customers to redefine the business models and boundaries of the telecom industry, and ultimately help operators succeed. This will be achieved through a portfolio of innovative business solutions, including IoT cloud services, personal mobile services, five-star premium home broadband, and cloud-network convergence.
Huawei has worked closely with industry organizations, and has made key contributions to future network infrastructure, cyber security, and security policies and standards targeting vertical industries. Huawei is the world’s one and only telecom equipment vendor that is subject to and passes inspections against the highest-level standards. This ensures Huawei can create more secure and trustworthy products and solutions for its customers.
At this year’s event, Huawei is exploring cyber security mechanisms and standards that are suitable for Europe by holding forums and announcing joint initiatives with major industry organizations. Together, they will drive fair, open, trusted, and secure cooperation across the industry.
This is the first time that all of Huawei’s three business groups (BGs) – Carrier BG, Enterprise BG, and Consumer BG – have participated in the MWC. Huawei’s Enterprise BG showcased four star products: the industry’s fastest OceanStor Dorado series all flash storage; the world’s first AI-powered data center switch; the world’s first Wi-Fi 6 access point (AP) for commercial use; and the X series cameras – the world’s first AI-powered software-defined cameras. Huawei’s Consumer BG showcased multiple popular devices, and launched the world’s first foldable 5G smartphone.
MWC 2019 runs from February 25 to 28 in Barcelona, Spain. Huawei is showcasing its products and solutions at booth 1H50 in Fira Gran Via Hall 1, booth 3I30 in Hall 3, the Innovation City zone in Hall 4, and booths 7C21 and 7C31 in Hall 7. For more information, please visit http://www.huawei.com/mwc2019/.
Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.
Huawei’s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes.
At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. We have more than 180,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.
For more information, please visit Huawei online at www.huawei.com or follow us on:
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