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Shoppers at a supermarket in Bridgetown, Barbados August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Nigel R Browne

No price hike on soft drinks in Barbados

Shoppers at a supermarket in Bridgetown, Barbados August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Nigel R Browne

There is no immediate plan for a hike in price on soft drinks and products from the Barbados Bottling Company.

(Photo: businessinsider.com)

That’s the word from General Manager of the company, Andre Thomas, whose comment came while admitting that the Garbage Sewage Contribution (GSC) Levy, which was implemented in August 2018 has had an impact on the company’s operations. However, he was adamant that there would be no increase even though the increase in water rates has impacted the company financially.

“We are willing to invest and put our money where our mouth is to ensure that we support the environment, the country of Barbados, to ensure that you guys achieve your objectives and everybody benefits.”

– General Manager of Barbados Bottling Company, Andre Thomas

Thomas was speaking to the media following a recent tour with Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Wilfred Abrahams; Barbados Water Authority’s (BWA) General Manager, Keithroy Halliday; and other senior officials from BWA at BBC’s Newton, Christ Church location. According to Thomas, “The increase in water rate and GSC tax impacted our business heavily. Our cost went up by 30 [or] 40 per cent, but at the end of the day we are part of the environment and we want to protect the environment, so anything that is useful to assisting doing so we support.”

Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Wilfred Abrahams (Photo: cbc.bb)

Thomas, who stated BBC fully gets its water from the BWA, further noted the company has “some solutions that can be helpful that wouldn’t require an increase in tax”. He added, “We are willing to invest and put our money where our mouth is to ensure that we support the environment, the country of Barbados, to ensure that you guys achieve your objectives and everybody benefits.”

Meanwhile, responding to a question about the impact on BBC’s operations by the recent water outage in the area, which was due to a burst on the BWA’s 16-inch main in Fairview Christ Church, the General Manager said: “We were slower than usual, but the Water Authority were magnificent. They supported us to make sure we kept running and there was minimal impact.”