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$18M Brew House Commissioned

Paradise Beverages Limited demonstrated its commitment to Fiji with the commissioning of its $18million brew house at its brewery in Walu Bay, Suva, yesterday. The brew house is part of
25 Apr 2015 12:12
$18M Brew House Commissioned
Cheers to investment: Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Coca-Cola Amatil Group managing director Alison Watkins in Walu Bay, Suva yesterday.

Paradise Beverages Limited demonstrated its commitment to Fiji with the commissioning of its $18million brew house at its brewery in Walu Bay, Suva, yesterday.

The brew house is part of owner Coca-Cola Amatil’s three-year, $44m-capital investment programme.

It was commissioned by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Coca-Cola Amatil Group managing director, Alison Watkins.

Mr Bainimarama said such a large scale investment was demonstrative of the confidence the foreign companies have in Fiji as a result of the policies and investment conditions created by Government.

“And I’m also pleased to learn that as many Fijian businesses and local trades people as possible have been employed to work on these upgrades,” he said. Ms Watkins said: “The new brew house was fully automated and the latest state of the art technology means we will optimise the quality and consistency of our beers.

“As a significant local employer, we place great importance on supporting the region as well as providing our customers with the highest quality beverages.”

 

Some background

Coca-Cola Amatil purchased the business from SABMiller in 2012, following the latter’s takeover of Australia’s Foster’s Group Ltd (FGL), parent company of Foster’s Group Pacific Ltd.

It was renamed Paradise Beverages (Fiji) Ltd as part of CCA’s alcohol beverages strategy for the Pacific region and Australia.

Mr Bainimarama recognised Coca-Cola Amatil as one of Fiji’s biggest tax payers (contributing $66.1 million in 2014).

Paradise Beverages employed around 300 staff across Fiji and Samoa.

One its four sites, the Suva Brewery employs 119 people and produces Fiji Bitter, Fiji Gold (Fiji’s number one selling beer), Vonu Pure Lager and Fiji Premium, as well as a range of Ready To Drink (RTD) products including Bounty Rum and Cola, and the Tribe range.

Other facilities include its Samoan Brewery (home of Vailima Beer, Samoa’s biggest selling beer), its Lautoka Distillery (home of the award-winning Bounty Rum range) and the Lautoka Distribution Warehouse.

The production

The project is expected to be completed on schedule in August 2015 and involves the replacement of the entire brewing facilities within the Suva Brewery.

The new installation has been completed entirely in parallel with the old equipment and within the current site footprint, meaning production has been unaffected throughout.

The brewery currently produces around two million cases of beer each year for local consumption, with capability for 500,000 cases for export.

The new facilities will effectively set up a doubling of capacity.  Production of an extra two million cases for export is possible with the cost-efficient addition of extra tanks.

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