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SLBL invests over Le 278 Billion on expansion project

April 29, 2019

By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

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Corporate Manager SLBL Albert Ojo Collier making a statement at media tour

Corporate Affairs Manager of the Sierra Leone Brewery Limited (SLBL) Albert Ojo Collier, has disclosed that they have invested over 278 billion Leones in the last three years as part of their expansion project to meet international standards and growing demands of customers.

Albert Ojo Collier made the above disclosure last Friday during a press tour for journalist and consumer protection officials at the SLBL head office, Wellington Industrial Estate, East of Freetown.

“On behalf of the Management team, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Sierra Lone Brewery Limited to tour recent investments in facilities to upgrade our Brew House and to view our recently overhauled packaging bottling line costing 3.5 Billion Leones. Since 1962, we pride ourselves with that rich heritage tied to the history of the country, with a vision of growing with Sierra Leone to further improve the efficiency of our bottling operations and to ensure our service to our revered customers and consumers into the future,’’ he said.

He said in January 2019, SLBL conducted a massive over haul and an extensive maintenance of their bottling packaging line based on planned schedule, manufacturers’ recommendations and international standards.

He said they employed the services of Krones, a German firm that specializes in the supply and modernization of such plants, together with a large team of SLBL’s locally trained Sierra Leonean engineers and technicians to conduct the process which came to completion in the first week of February.

Collier further said that the project which immediately followed the most expensive brewery expansion and upgrade in facilities , was another large investment of the company in the economy and manufacturing sector of Sierra Leone,which took another major step in the improvement of the facilities in their journey of reaching state of the art status.

He added that they were excited to showcase their latest investment in facilities upgrade, which was part of their large modernizing and expansion program of over Le 278 billion.

“These investments have further enhanced our production capacity and with this we are confident that we can meet ever increasing consumer demand for the coming years to come. These investments will also make sure that we maintain the highest quality of our products including Star Beer, Mutzig Beer, Guinness Foreign Stout Saone beer of 100% locally produced Sorghum, Maltina non-alcoholic and Trenk Dark-malt none -alcoholic energy drink. It is noteworthy that our customers and loyal consumers are driving force behind our constant efforts to improvement,’’ collier averred.

The Corporate Affairs Manager emphasized that maintenance and high standards were important parts of their company’s culture, adding that the objective was to renew the packaging equipment based upon international best practice and manufacturing excellence principles, so as to produce more of their products with the same high international standards for years to come.

 ‘’Earlier, Brewery had embarked on a large scale investments programme which started since 2015 to expand capacity, maintain high quality and ensure environmental safety which saw the investments in brand new massive Fermentation Storage Tanks (FST) waste water Treatment plant, mash filter equipment, CO2 and Cooling plants and the most recent canning line introduction which is the first in Sierra Leone,” he said.

He assured consumers that they would continue to produce quality and internationally acclaimed products at all times and all year round.

Michael James, Consumer Welfare Association, said they were very much impressed with the entire process of the company, adding that its environment was very clean.

“The company need to improve on their PR system, a lot that are happening here people don’t know even when they have a new product and to educate the public about their new products,” he said.

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