For making the right investments in the right places since its establishment in Uganda, Crown Beverages Limited (CBL), the bottler of Pepsi, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Sting, and Nivana Water, has won the PepsiCo Europe and Sub-Saharan African (ESSA) Bottler of the Year 2018 award.
To celebrate the achievement, the bottler hosted its key partners and customers to a dinner on July 11 in Kampala.
The trophy was handed over by newly appointed PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta to Crown Beverages Board of Directors, Chairman Amos Nzeyi and CEO Paddy Muramiirah at a lavish awards ceremony in Barcelona, Spain on 27th June, 2019. Crown Beverages emerged the 1st runner up award for global bottler of the year beating over 200 bottlers in the year.
Speaking at the ceremony to mark the milestone, Amos Nzeyi, the Chairman CBL commended the company’s customers, staff, shareholders, partners and the government for their contribution to the success.
“We are honoured to have won the ESSA Bottler of the Year 2018 Award and appreciate the support of all our stakeholders for the collaborative engagement that has led us to this achievement. The journey has just started,” Nzeyi said.
He added: “Over the last 26 years, we have invested over $200 million (Shs740 billion) to create a platform for all Ugandans and we will continue to do so. The money has been invested in factory lines, human resource, corporate social responsibility initiatives, and environmental sustainability projects. The PepsiCo “Bottler of the Year Award” is the highest annual regional recognition conferred upon PepsiCo’s best bottling partner from PepsiCo Europe and Africa.”
Nominations for the award are premised on quality standards, community support, customer service, volume and sales growth as well as proven commitment to performance with purpose. Commenting on the award, Paddy Muramiirah, the Chief Executive Officer CBL said, “Our strength and excellent achievements are coming from three pillars of the pyramid. At the base, a supportive board and a collaborative PepsiCo franchise team and on top a motivated, innovative and fast thinking team of employees.”
Since its establishment, CBL has built a local team with a clear understanding of the market dynamics.
“We improved our operational efficiencies, set realistic targets, and complied with all operational standard practices as required by the franchise and national regulators,” Muramiirah told guests.
Besides investing in production lines, the company has also invested in community projects in different areas of life such as health, education, sports and conserving nature.
Last year, CBL was recognized as a top tax payer by Uganda Revenue Authority with an Excellent Taxpayer Award for the financial year 2017/18. This followed its remittance of Shs 284 billion in tax to the government between 2013 and 2018, demonstrating the company’s growth and continued contribution to the transformation of the economy.