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Al Ain Water expands output capacity by 60pc

AL AIN, October 30, 2014

Al Ain Food & Beverages, a major bottled drinking water manufacturer in the UAE, has expanded the production capacity for Al Ain Water from 32 million cases to 52 million cases of bottled water a year, marking a rise of 60 per cent.

“The bottled water market is growing at an unprecedented scale across the Middle East region, and with UAE rapidly progressing, our new, long-term manufacturing strategy is to constantly meet rising demand,” said Fasahat Beg – executive vice president of Agthia Consumer Business Division.

“We are a recognized leader in the market, and with Agthia making a total investment of approximately Dh90 million ($24.5 million) in this facility, we fully expect to increase our share of the domestic market and continue to consolidate our position.”

Al Ain Water’s state-of-the-art production facility is the first in the UAE and among the first in the region to receive the FSSC 22000 certification by LRQA. The FSSC 22000 is the latest Food Safety Standard based on the FSMS (Food Safety Management System) requirements and the PAS 220 (Publicly Available Specification).

The new bottling plant at the ISO 90001:22000:14000, OHSAS: 18000 certified Al Ain Food & Beverages factory features state-of-the-art machinery and one of the fastest and most highly utilized lines in the Middle East, a statement said.

The new high speed line from Krones, Germany produces about 72,000 bottles per hour which works out to approximately one carton per second. The bottles and caps use approximately 30 per cent less plastic than conventional bottles in the market thereby being easier on the environment, according to the statement.

As part of its new strategy, the company has also redesigned the shape of the Al Ain Water bottle to suit the changing needs and preferences of its growing consumer base. The new lightweight bottle has been carefully engineered in response to consumer preferences for a contemporary and eco-friendly bottle with an ‘easy to hold’ shape.

The innovative bottles and caps designs are more eco-friendly using approximately 30 per cent less PET and plastic in the bottle and cap, which reduces waste and makes it easier on the environment.

The low-gram, high quality, consumer friendly bottle is being support by Al Ain Water’s new ‘Keeps You Moving’ campaign, which positions Al Ain Water as a brand with an attitude of uncompromising quality and heritage, making it ‘your trusted companion’.

Al Ain Water’s new bottle, is available in all leading retail outlets, and comes in three different formats - a 330ml bottle, a 500ml bottle and a 1.5 litre bottle.  – TradeArabia News Service




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