Our Beverages division has just completed five years of operation after being purchased from the liquidated Delta Dairies business in 2015. The division operates from its milk processing plant in Broadhurst Industrial and produces long life, UHT milk under the brand names of Delta Fresh and A Star.
This division started off with 54 employees which were retrenched by Delta Diaries. We are pleased to have reemployed these people who would have otherwise lost their jobs. Since then and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to have increased the total number of employees to 70.
For the first few months post takeover, our main focus was restoration of the milk plant which had remained switched off for over 18 months. In 2016, we commenced manufacture of our house brand A Star milk and re-launched the Delta Fresh brand which was well received by the public. Both brands are available in 500ml and 1 litre cartons.
In late 2016, the division commenced production of milk for the Government milk feeding scheme and in 2018 low fat and skim milk variants were introduced to meet the needs of our growing customer base.
Our expansion into the manufacture of fruit juice, dairy blends and bottled water has been deferred by a year as we placed focus on current operations while combating COVID-19. This new product range will be produced through preserving eco-friendly production methods and bio-degradable packaging.
Overall, through enhanced marketing efforts at both the milling and beverages divisions, we have managed to list our products in the majority of fast moving consumer goods stores countrywide, improving our presence and product availability for our customers.