May 24, 2024

Jobs loss panic as Fresh Diary ponders quitting Uganda market

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There is panic among staff at Fresh Dairy Uganda, a subsidiary of Brookside Dairy Limited, owned by Kenyans and French.

This publication has learned that employees are in fear of losing their jobs at any time. It is not clear whether the diary firm is downsizing, restructuring, or quitting the Ugandan market forever. But staff have been told to prepare for whatever comes.

We are told matters have been made worse by Kenya’s restrictions on milk imports from Uganda, especially powder.

And Fresh Dairy Uganda has not been spared. It has been denied the milk processor export permits to Kenya, and those given are often delayed.

Sources say the investors could now be pondering exiting the Ugandan market for good.

Sources say the diary firm’s profits have dwindled in the recent past. This has been reportedly attributed to stiff competition locally. Other Key milk producers and exporters in Uganda include Pearl Dairies, Jesa Farm Dairy, Amos Dairies Uganda Limited, Paramount Dairies Limited, GBK Dairy Products Limited, Dairyman’s Cheese, Vital Tomosi Dairy Limited, and Lakeside Dairy Limited.

Rumours of Fresh Diary quitting Uganda are not new and have refused to go away.

We are told Century Bottling Company Limited, the producers of Coca-Cola soda products and Rwenzori water, among others, have long harbored plans to enter the dairy business. And they have been linked to acquiring Fresh dairy.

written by @enock katamba

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