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Jamaica Beverages Upgrades Production Line – Positions For New Business Through Contracts


Jamaica Beverages Limited (JBL) has spent a majority of the $1 billion poured into its juice plant at Bog Walk on upgrades and a new filling line.

The company has since introduced three products through the newly installed Sidel line, which now allows it to mix the flavours for its products, blow its own bottles and fill “between 2,000 and 3,000 cases per hour”, General Manager Xesus Johnston told Wednesday Business.

“We could easily run 34,000 plus cases a day,” Johnston said, but declined comment on the plant’s capacity at its acquisition from Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).

The plant was owned initially by the Jamaica Citrus Growers Association before it fell into debt to DBJ.

JBL, through its Trinidadian parent, SM Jaleel, acquired the asset in 2012, and cobbled a side deal with the citrus growers for rights to produce under the Juciful brand in return for two per cent of annual sales.

Published in the Gleaner
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