The country’s leading soft and alcoholic beverages manufacturer, Bralirwa, has been voted the best Heineken production unit in Africa, it has emerged.
The Gisenyi based plant beat 34 other Heineken units in Africa in terms of quality, safety, efficiency and overall management systems.
“I am happy to say that our Gisenyi Brewery unit was voted the best out of the 35 Heineken units in Africa,” Sven Erik Piederiet, Bralirwa Ltd’s Managing Director said during an exclusive interview.
Piederiet said that the latest award comes after Bralirwa scooped other equally prestigious awards during the course of last year, partly attributing the success to the company’s relentless pursuit for top quality assurance systems.
“Quality assurance at Bralirwa Ltd can also be seen by the global quality award we received from Diageo Plc, the owners of Guinness for brewing the second best Guinness beers outside of the production system in Ireland- the original producers of this kind of product,” Sven said.
Bralirwa came second after Malaysia in the global Guinness production rankings.
“We have, for two years, in a row won the Coca Cola Gold award for production excellence. It means that we are the best Coca Cola bottler in the whole of Africa. It also means that we have the highest standards of any Coca Cola company in Africa for 2009 and 2010,” he added.
The company recorded a volume growth of 26 percent.
“That means that if we compare ourselves with other breweries in Africa or the world, we are one of the leading operations in terms of overall growth. I have the figures of Heineken operations all over the world and comparatively, we are doing quite well,” he said.
In the figures, earnings before tax and interest grew by 33.3 percent and the net profits grew by 40.1 percent.
Bralirwa Ltd attributes its healthy results and winning of the Heineken award to the strong growth of the economy that has been made possible by constructive and prudent policies by the government.
Full details of the exclusive interview in tomorrow’s edition of The New Times