ZAMBIAN Breweries Plc has been voted the best Castle Lager brewery in Africa.
This result was announced during the recent SABMiller Technical and Supply Chain Awards, held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Chief Brewer for South African Breweries Petr Vesely mentioned in his commendation that Castle Lager beers from Lusaka had shown constant high product and packaging quality over the last 12 months.
And Zambian Breweries technical director Franz Schepping said the award showed that the investment in people and quality paid off and it motivated the company to continue the good work it had done in the past years.
“This is an outstanding achievement for our brewery in Lusaka. This award shows you that the investment in people and quality pays off and it motivates us to continue the good work we have done in the past years,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lusaka Brewery Plant Manager Orwell Monga said the company made sure that each bottle is allowed to leave the brewery as a Castle Lager.
“Over the last couple of years we’ve missed the award by a whisker, but not this year. Our brew undergoes a series of rigorous quality approvals,
“It is only when we are absolutely sure that every ingredient has come together perfectly, that each bottle is allowed to leave the brewery as a Castle Lager,” he said.
The Ndola brewery was also awarded with the most improved Brewery in Africa title within the SABMiller group. Every year all breweries compete against each other to improve on their main Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). Plant Manager for the winning plant in Ndola Rumbani Mwandira said the award was a major milstone the company had achieved.
“This is a major milestone we have achieved in our business. We are ecstatic,” he said
In 2011 Zambian Breweries invested a total of US$100 million to build a state-of-the-art brewery in Ndola to improve quality and efficiency.