Fruit juice maker Del Monte Kenya has invested KSh580 million in a new fresh fruit packing facility with a processing capacity of 60 tonnes annually.
The facility is expected to create 200 new jobs and boost the economies of Murang’a and Kiambu counties as it plans to expand production of pineapples avocados, mangos, and passion fruit juices.
The plant is being constructed within Del Monte Kenya’s plantation in Murang’a and is scheduled to be completed in August 2019.
“Del Monte Kenya plans to source fruit from local and regional growers in Murang’a and Kiambu Counties, we will prepare and package the products from the new facility for both local and international markets,” said Del Monte managing director Stergios Gkaliamoutsas.
Currently, Del Monte Kenya employs over 6,500 employees and creates additional 28,000 jobs indirectly through its activities.