BIDCO launches into the soft drinks market with Suntop juice

Chairman, Bidco, Vimal Shah (left), CFO and Executive Vice President, Global Finance, IT and Bus. Development, Claus Jensen (centre) and Executive Vice President Global Innovation, Lee Richard Taylor Pose with the new Suntop Juice product after it was launched officially at Dusit Hotel.

Bidco Africa and Denmark’s CO-RO, one of the world’s leading providers of fruit-based soft drinks, have launched Suntop juices into the Kenyan market under a joint venture called BIDCORO.

The company has launched four new varieties of Suntop juice including Orange, Mango, Berries and Blackcurrant in packs targeting every consumer group from the 1 litre family pack, a 250 milliliter pack and a 125 milliliter pack for younger children.

“We have developed our range for different occasions, so we have a small portion pack for on the go, a larger portion pack for those that are a little thirstier and then a family pack for at home,” said Dave Alford, the Chief Operating Officer of BIDCORO.

The Suntop juice, contains natural fruit juice, is enriched with vitamin C and contains no preservatives, artificial colors, flavoring or sweeteners.

Bidco Africa Chairman Vimal Shah said the partnership will create the region’s largest producer of fruit based soft drinks and other refreshments.


“Both parties bring world-class capabilities and a history of success to the partnership – BIDCO with their great knowledge of and insight into the Kenyan consumer, and our fantastic sales and distribution network, and CORO with their brand building history and expertise, particularly in the MENA region,” he said.

BIDCORO plans to produce over 8 million litres of Suntop in its first full year to serve Kenya and the export market. “Our plans are ambitious and we hope to be able to supply not only Kenya but its neighbouring countries from our new factory,” revealed Dave.

The company has already over employed 50 employees, a number it will increase once demand and production subsequently increases.

The launch of BIDCORO is part of Bidco’s expansion plans that will see the company enter new product categories as it seeks to grow its annual turnover to over Sh100 billion.

The plan will see three new factories commissioned this year at the new Bidco Industrial Park in Ruiru as part of the first phase of development, with the second phase comprising an additional six new factories set to be built over the next four years.

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