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Almarai, a Saudi Arabian based group and one of the region’s largest food and beverage manufacturing and distribution companies is investing in CAPEX and acquisitions to grow its joint venture (JV) operations in Egypt. The proposed IFC investment is a corporate loan to Almarai holding company; the proposed loan will fund Almarai’s contributions to support the expansions of its joint-venture operation in Egypt which includes setting up of a new juice factory and expansion of its existing dairy facilities (the Project). Almarai’s investments in Egypt are made through a 52:48 joint venture between Almarai and PepsiCo under the name of Beyti (the Company).Beyti is one of the largest producers of milk, juice and yoghurt in Egypt, targeting a market of 86 million consumers and catering to different consumer profiles. Beyti was established in 1998 with the acquisition of the largest commercial dairy farm in Egypt (but now disposed) from the Saudi Group Dallah Al Baraka. In 2002, Beyti began marketing Beyti-branded milk in the Egyptian market, and expanded into juice production in 2007, followed by a cream line. In 2002, the plant’s efficient layout led the European Dairy Magazine to name the Beyti plant Factory of the Year. In late 2009, IDJ Company, a partnership between PepsiCo International and regional dairy powerhouse Almarai, acquired Beyti, providing it with the latest technologies and know-how in the industry. Beyti invested in construction of a multi-million dollar, fully-automated, state-of-the-art facility on the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road to allow it to process top quality dairy and agricultural products. The existing production site is located in Nubaria, Beheira Governorate and includes diverse production formats for production of thousands of milk and juice beverages, and yoghurt. The plant makes use of the latest and best food processing techniques as it employs high-speed processing machinery and is capable of producing a diverse variety of dairy, juice and dairy-based products to the highest standards of hygiene and safety. Today, Beyti produces a number of agricultural food products including juices, 100% natural milk, flavored milk, a variety of spoon-able and drinkable yogurts, as well as cooking and whipping creams, for domestic consumption and export sales. Beyti also holds a strong market position in all the categories in which it operates; and, employs over 3,000 people. The specific scope of the new investment primarily entails construction of a new juice factory in the same location as existing dairy and juice factories, described briefly above. The new factory is expected to have a daily capacity to produce 4,400,000/day long shelf life juice boxes. The new factory will be comprised of three (3) production units each containing four (4) lines, comprising a total of twelve (12) new production lines. The new operation will consist of diverse supporting equipment for beverage manufacturing, twelve (12) packaging machines offering diverse formats, and water chilling equipment. Additional supporting, process related service units include ammonia refrigeration, air compressors, a raw water treatment unit with a production capacity of 4,800 m3/day; and industrial and domestic wastewater treatment operations with a capacity of 3,200 m3/day.
Beyti (A Joint Venture of Almarai and PepsiCo)
Cairo Festival City, Plot 14 b01, Building A2
Tel: +(202) 23220491-9 (9 lines)
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