The country’s largest beverages company, Delta Corporation says it has no control over the retail prices being charged by traders.
This comes in the wake of beer price hikes around the country.
H-Metro survey has revealed that some retail outlets pricing pints from RTGS5 to RTGS6 and quarts are now pegged at RTGS10.
The price of a 340ml green bottle is now ranging from RTGS$5 to RTGS$6, up from RTGS$3.50 and a 750ml which was pegged at RTGS$5 is now ranging from RTGS$8 to RTGS$ 10.
At Pennywise Liquor Centre and at Fiesta Bottle Store Castle Lite (340ml) was pegged at RTG$5 and the brown bottles (375ml) RTGS$ 4.50 and Hillside bottle store ‘Pahuku’ Castle Lite was selling at RTGS$6 and the brown bottles at RTGS$ 5.
Delta Corporate Affairs Executive, Patricia Murambinda said they had no control over the retail prices being charged by some liquor outlets.
“Delta has control over the retail prices being charged by traders.
“We can only recommend and hope that our partners offer the best price to the consumers.
“Delta reviews prices on the basis of value chain costs. There had been a significant rebasing of costs following the introduction of the RTGS$,” Murambinda said.
She said product supply is fair although there are challenges with water supply and limited forex for imported materials.
“The Company needs to increase the float of returnable glass bottles which are less demanding on forex.
“Our US$ base prices remain available for those traders that have access to Nostro funds,” she added.