Soft drinks makers record losses as the city turned wet over the Christmas period

A restaurant packed with revellers during Christmas holidays

With the rains and cold spell, shoppers steered clear of cold drinks with the situation made worse by the new Covid 19 strain that is suspected of having caused widespread flu and coughing among many residents

By The Weekly Vision Online

Soft drinks manufacturers in Nairobi who had expectations of cashing in on the usual Christmas holidays normal dry spell to record a bumper harvest are a disappointed lot the onset of heavy rains that have been pounding the city in the recent past followed by prolonged cold spells.

The current weather pattern in Nairobi was completely unexpected by many people who blame it on global climate change that has disrupted the normal weather patterns in the city residents have been used to in the city.

With the rains and cold spell, shoppers steered clear of cold drinks with the situation made worse by the new Covid 19 strain that is suspected of having caused widespread flu and coughing among many residents. Soft drinks manufacturers remain optimistic however that the usual dry spell in Nairobi will kick in before 2021 ends but the situation has remained unpredictable.

Bars, hotels and restaurants on the other hand have been making good sales from “hot drinks” tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks.

At least 61 per cent of Kenyans are said to have had a tough Christmas due to the harsh economic times, while 30 per cent was visible with their extravagant shopping in supermarkets. A survey at Naivas and Quickmart supermarkets indicated that there were “heavy sales” in the liquor stores sections of the stores with long queues as people waited patiently to pay for alcoholic drinks.

Soft drinks outlets sellers were sad as the unexpected heavy rains pounded the city forcing some to seek the warm comfort of bars or restaurants. According to one of the soft drinks manufacturers in Nairobi, the current weather pattern trends could see the bottlers slash the volume of production and even lay off workers. The manufacture who did not want to be named said “it cannot be business as usual when we are recording such heavy losses and we have overheads to take care of.”

He says that they would review the situation in January- March 2022 for another expected dry spell to see how market trends go before making a decision.

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