Zambia may face a shortage of soft drinks in the next few days because Zambia Breweries Company, the manufacturer of soft drinks, is facing a critical shortage of specialty sugar.
The specialty sugar is used to manufacture soft drinks such as coca cola, fanta and sprite.
Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Siakalenge Siazongo, disclose this development to ZANIS in Lusaka today but asked members of the public not to panic about the imminent shortage of soft drinks.
“Zambia Breweries is facing a critical shortage of specialty sugar, which is the sugar used to manufacture soft drinks. As a result, this may affect the supply of soft drinks in the next few days,” he said.
Mr. Siazongo explained that as a result of the shortage of the specialty sugar, Zambia Breweries lost 36 hours of production of soft drinks last week and only operated half day yesterday.
He said today, the company did not produce any soft drinks at all.
He said this specialty sugar has to be imported from Durban, South Africa or Malawi through the Zambia Sugar Company.
Mr. Siazongo however said a truck load of specialty sugar is on the way and would arrive in the country in the next three days.
“During this period, Zambia may face a shortage of soft drinks,” he said.
He said Zambia Breweries was however contemplating importing drinks from Zimbabwe or South Africa to cushion the shortage during the period it will not be manufacturing the drinks.