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Zambian Breweries wins Africa Quality Culture Award

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Zambian Breweries has won the Africa Quality Culture award, signifying that it has the best quality culture practices in Africa among all the companies in its parent company, AB InBev’s group.

The Africa Quality Culture award is part of the Voyager Plant Optimization (VPO) excellence programme introduced by the group across all its business operations to highlight best manufacturing practices.

The programme is based on seven pillars: Safety, Quality, People, Environment, Maintenance, Logistics and Management.

“It’s about the best culture in quality. When safety is number one, quality is always there, and this ensures that every bottle is of best quality. Zambian Breweries has the best mindset for quality, and I am very happy that we have shown this through winning this continental award,” said Zambian Breweries’ Brewery Operations Director Franz Schepping.

“Zambian Breweries has people who are aware of what quality means; people who stick to the rules without doing any shortcuts, while working at the breweries to produce the highest quality beverages,” he added.

The breweries’ Lusaka and Ndola Plants won the Africa AB InBev award during the recent group’s VPO conference in South Africa.

Zambian Breweries has taken the VPO initiative seriously in all its plants. Since introducing the programme, the business has aligned its roles and responsibilities while ensuring that its work system is more efficient.

Zambian Breweries Lusaka Quality Manager Simeon Kabosha said: “This award gives the team the confidence that they are doing the right things in the business. Zambian Breweries is the first to win the quality culture award and we aim to win it again through improving and doing better this year.”

Zambian Breweries Ndola Quality Manager Mirriam Chula echoed her sentiments, saying: “Quality culture involves everyone, I am happy that we have become very passionate about it as a company.”

Chula added: “This is just the beginning. Our focus is to improve and perform better through all our working systems. Rest assured Zambian Breweries guarantees safety and a good quality working culture through all its departments by working according the VPO rules.”

The award comes a few weeks after Zambian Breweries Country Director Jose Moran won the Lusaka Securities Exchange 2018 Leadership Award.

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