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THE DEPUTY Minister of Trade and Industries, Hon Nii Lante Vanderpuye, early this week paid a day?s working visit to Accra Brewery Limited to acquaint himself with the operations of the company.

The Deputy Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Odododiodio, the constituency in which the brewery is located, was accompanied by Hon Daniel Nii Okai, Chairman of the Asiedu Keteke Sub-Metro Office.

Nii Lante Vanderpuye and his team were taken round the key operational areas of the factory including the Chibuku manufacturing plant, the carbonated soft drinks packaging section, the Brew House as well as the packaging and warehousing departments.

He also toured the $100m expansion project currently being undertaken by the company to support the Ghanaian economy.

The Deputy Minister, pleasantly surprised at the pace of development in the manufacturing process of the company, reiterated government?s commitment to reduce imports by promoting local industries that rely on local agricultural inputs.

He said his visit was informed by ABL?s use of local maize, sorghum and cassava in the manufacturing of beer, adding, that his main pre-occupation was to support the company expand and increase its raw material base so as to assure Ghanaian farmers of ready market for their produce.

?In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, we shall support and encourage the farmers to produce more since there are diverse uses to their produce and post ? harvest losses will be reduced to the minimum,? he emphasized.

He expressed his gratitude to the company for taking care of the health needs of his constituents through the annual health screening of Adabraka and Agbogbloshie residents.

Greg Metcalf, Managing Director, Accra Brewery Limited, said the company would continue with its heritage of being innovative by increasing its use of local raw materials.

He assured the Minister that the local raw material component of their products would eventually be increased when the first phase of ABL?s expansion project is commissioned in the later part of this year.

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