Crown Beverages Limited (CBL) has been named PepsiCo Europe and Sub-Saharan African (ESSA) Bottler of the Year 2018.
The company, which is a subsidiary of PepsiCo in Uganda was handed the award by the newly appointed PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta.
Crown Beverages Board of Directors, Chairman Dr. Amos Nzeyi and CEO Paddy Muramiirah received the award in Barcelona, Spain.
Crown Beverages beat over 200 bottlers to the award.
Speaking at the ceremony to mark the milestone, Dr. Amos Nzeyi, the Chairman CBL commended the company’s customers, staff, shareholders, partners and the government for their contribution to the success.
“We are honoured to have won the ESSA Bottler of the Year 2018 Award and appreciate the support of all our stakeholders for the collaborative engagement that has led us to this achievement. The journey has just started,” Mr. Nzeyi said.
The PepsiCo “Bottler of the Year Award” is the highest annual regional recognition conferred upon PepsiCo’s best bottling partner from PepsiCo Europe and Africa.
Nominations for the award are premised on quality standards, community support, customer service, volume and sales growth as well as proven commitment to performance with purpose.
Commenting on the award, Mr. Paddy Muramiirah, the Chief Executive Officer CBL said, “Our strength and excellent achievements are coming from three pillars of the pyramid. At the base, a supportive board and a collaborative PepsiCo franchise team and on top a motivated, innovative and fast thinking team of employees.”
Last year, CBL was recognized as a top tax payer by Uganda Revenue Authority with an Excellent Taxpayer Award for the financial year 2017/18. This followed its remittance of UGX 284 billion in tax to the government between 2013 and 2018, demonstrating the company’s growth and continued contribution to the transformation of the economy.