United Re­finer­ies gets ex­port per­mit

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

ONE of the coun­try’s lead­ing cook­ing oil and soap man­u­fac­tur­ers, United Re­finer­ies Lim­ited (URL) will re­sume cook­ing oil ex­ports to Namibia soon as it forges ahead to grow its for­eign cur­rency cof­fers.

URL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Bu­sisa Moyo con­firmed that the Min­istry of In­dus­try and Com­merce has is­sued the com­pany with an ex­port per­mit to ex­port its Roil cook­ing oil brand to Namibia.

“We have now been given the per­mits we re­quire to ex­port to Namibia. There had been a ban of ex­ports of cook­ing oil up to last month. We also have or­ders for Botswana and Malawi but we are await­ing per­mits for the same from the rel­e­vant min­istries,” he said.

The com­pany was forced to halt ex­ports around the year 2000 due to a myr­iad of chal­lenges, in­clud­ing a down­turn of the econ­omy due to il­le­gal eco­nomic sanc­tions.

How­ever, URL re­cently ad­mit­ted to in­ad­e­quate stocks of cook­ing oil and laun­dry soap cit­ing lim­ited ac­cess to key raw ma­te­ri­als due to short­age of for­eign cur­rency.

To ef­fec­tively re­spond to the short­age in the mar­ket, the com­pany re­quires up to $3 mil­lion in for­eign cur­rency.

URL, which has sus­tained its op­er­a­tions for the past 18 years through pro­cess­ing cook­ing oil and laun­dry bar soap, has over the past few years re-in­tro­duced and launched a num­ber of prod­ucts.

“Both the for­ti­fied mealie-meal and vegetable ex­tract juices are per­form­ing sat­is­fac­to­rily and are listed with ma­jor re­tail­ers. We look for­ward to grow­ing aware­ness for these prod­ucts in the New Year,” said Mr Moyo.

The com­pany also launched its new may­on­naise line un­der Roil May­on­naise brand and an olive oil brand, where olive va­ri­eties are grown in the Eastern Cape.

Three years ago the Bu­l­awayo-based com­pany re-in­tro­duced its three range of soaps namely Im­age, Vogue and Fresh Health Joy whose pack­ag­ing was in­scribed in English as well as Por­tuguese specif­i­cally aimed to tar­get Por­tuguese speak­ing na­tions.

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