A-One Products and Bottlers Ltd
MeTL Group subsidiary A-One Products and Bottlers, the group’s 3rd largest factory, is Tanzania’s leading producer of drinking water and flavoured drinks. The factory also produces a wide range of plastic containers and packing materials. When MeTL Group launched A-One in 1997 it began producing and distributing three brands of water, Masafi, Maisha and Just Chill, as well as juice beverage Pride. The company simultaneously launched a line of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) preforms, PET bottles and filling beverages. By 2001, the factory began producing PP (polypropylene) buckets and lids as well as HDPE (high density polyethylene) jerry cans. The initial beverages lines proved so successful the company saw an 11-fold increase in production and sales. A-One Products and Bottlers employ more than 1,100 people.
A-One has invested $48 million in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities with three world-class beverage production lines. Strong brand presence with trusted household names across Tanzania such as Masafi, Maisha and Just Chill drinking water and Pride juice.
Modern Reverse Osmosis Plant that delivers 100 cubic meters of mineral-rich water per hour. This is one of the largest water treatment plants in East Africa.
Fleet of more than 100 vehicles that provide door-to-door service to its customers.
A-One is self-sufficient in fulfilling the daily packaging requirements of another MeTL Group company East Coast Oils and Fats Ltd Upgraded HDPE, injection, blowing and beverage divisions in order to triple production capacity.
A-One is establishing a second manufacturing division on the shores of Lake Victoria, in Mwanza.
PET preforms come in various sizes from 9 g - 680g, with different end designs, from 250 ml - 18.5 litres. A-One has an approximate consumption of 150 tons of PET every month (1,800 tons per annum). PP injection molded buckets, crates and lids come in various sizes, from 4 litres - 20 litres. A-One also makes petroleum jelly containers in various sizes from 25 g - 200g. A-One has an approximate consumption of 300 tons - 350 tons of PP every month (3,600 tons - 4200 tons per annum.) HDPE injection molded caps come in various sizes to match preform necks. Approximate consumption is 16 tons - 18 tons every month (192 tons - 216 tons per annum.) HDPE blow grade jerry cans and cosmetic jars are available from 1 litre - 20 litres with an approximate consumption of 25 tons - 30 tons per month (300 tons - 360 tons per annum.) LDPE (low-density polyethylene) material is used to make shrink-wrap for packing bottles and juices. It is also used for packing empty bottles, caps, handles and jars etc. A-One’s approximate consumption of LDPE material is 25 tons - 30 tons per month (300 tons - 360 tons per annum.)
A-One has the capacity to produce over 12 million PP buckets and more than one million HDPE jerry cans per annum.
In beverages, A-One’s filling capacity is 24 million cases of water and flavoured drinks per annum and the company can produce the same amount of PET preforms/ bottles/ cups for filling beverages.
The company has a beverage production capacity of 36 million crates per annum.
A-One’s launch of a new line of carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks available in over 20 varieties under the MeTL Group’s premium umbrella brand “Mo” promises to yield impressive results. Flavours include Mo Cola, Mo Orange, Mo Embe (Mango), Mo Bomba, Mo Lemon, Mo Lemon-mint and Mo Malt. Alongside, it has launched a natural cereal-based energy drink, Mo Sheeba Shake, a carbohydrate and protein-rich product that is suitable for children and adults, and can be used as a meal substitute.
Building on its success A-One has introduced a line of carbonated soft drinks in a variety of different flavours, and aims to use its well-established distribution networks to give it the competitive edge in the Tanzanian market.