Chibuku Products Limited (CPL) has said the recent shortage of packaging materials for Chibuku opaque beer is affecting its business on the market as they are failing to meet the demand.
CPL Corporate Affairs Manager, Wise Chauluka said:“I would say that the problems in the supply of packaging material for the past days has affected the supply of Chibuku beer, especially in the capability to meet our volumes as we are now relying on our sister company in Zimbabwe, Delta Beverages, to supply the packaging materials for a while as we wait for our local supplies to resume the business.
“Meantime, the company has advised our local suppliers to sort out the problem so that they start providing the raw materials for our packaging,” said Chauluka.
Chauluka further assured customers that their company was doing everything possible to address the problem so that the normal supply of the product should be met.
He then urged customers not to shun their beer which is currently contained in some cartons with ‘Delta Beverages’ printed on them saying the contents were the same.
“Some customers have already come across these new cartons, this does not necessarily mean the contents have changed, rather it’s the same Chibuku local beer,” asssured Chauluka.
He then said meanwhile, CPL is promoting the use of returnable bottles which are already on the market as a long term solution to the current problem.
“It’s an incremental development to implement the plan of making sure that we should migrate to the use of returnable bottles which the company believes will be in abundant supply as compared to the cartons. But this cannot happen overnight as it will take time for people to appreciate since they are used to the traditional cartons,” concluded Chauluka.
CPL is a local company which produces local Chibuku opaque beer in the country. For the past days the company has been experiencing shortages of Chibuku 1 litre carton due to problems in the supply of packaging materials.