Delta, a beverage manufacturing company in Zimbabwe, has announced the installation of a new $17m bottling line at its Southerton plant, which is set for commissioning next week.

According to the company, the latest investment is part of its expansion plans, and the newly installed machinery has the capacity to run returnable and non-returnable glass bottles.

Delta corporate director George Mutendadzamera said the plant would enable improvement of supplies considerably and eliminate the existing sporadic shortages of some product lines.

"Not only will these investments increase capacity but they cement our place as a serious investor in the country," Mutendadzamera said.

The plant has the capacity to produce 70 million litres per annum, or 42,000 pint bottles per hour.

"Its capabilities are truly world class and this places Delta at a new level in terms of competitiveness," Mutendadzamera added.

In order to improve capacity, the company has invested more than $200m on its production facilities since 2009.

Further, the company will also invest $4m in new fermentation vessels at both its Southerton, Zimbabwe, and Belmont, US, lager plants.

Delta is 36% owned by multinational brewing and beverage company SABMiller.

According to Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, the manufacturing industry is reeling under low capacity utilisation, and the beverage industry is operating above 70% leading to increase in investments.