KWAL launches plant to tap into growing Cider marketMay 22, 2019
NAIROBI, Kenya May 8 – Kenya Wines Agency has launched a new production line for the local manufacture of ciders to align itself with the changing market trends.
KWAL said the move follows Kenya’s shifting trends in 2018 on alcohol consumption influenced by a huge move to cider preference.
Kenyans consumed an estimated 9 million liters of ciders in 2018 causing an 8.5 per cent and 8.1 per cent decline in the beers and mixed drinks segment respectively.
The launch was presided over by KWAL’s newly appointed Managing Director Lina Githuka, Chris Lombard a member of the company’s Board as well as the Cider project lead Robert Bajner.
The Launch of the cider production line at the firm’s Enterprise Road premises comes at a time when KWAL is celebrating 50 years in the alcohol manufacturing business.
“As we celebrate 50 years of being in business, our focus is on business expansion as well as growth in market share across all the products in our portfolio. The cider production line will initially focus on Hunters Gold which is currently Africa’s largest-selling cider. This project has been in the making for the past one and a half years and we do anticipate that it will be a game changer for KWAL in the market.” said Lina.
The company’s focus, she said, is to occupy at least 50 per cent of the cider and mixed drinks segment by the end of the year. We plan to do this by taking advantage of our wide distributor network as well as use of 3rd party listing agencies to supplement the sales team.
KWAL was established in 1969 as a State Corporation and has been in operation for the last 50 years. In 2016 Centum sold its shares to Distell, making Distell the largest shareholder with 52 per cent ownership of KWAL.