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Pwani Oil targets hospitality sector with special soap

A hotel in Nairobi. Pwani Oil is expanding products catering for the hospitality industry. file PHOTO | NMG
A hotel in Nairobi. Pwani Oil is expanding products catering for the hospitality industry. file PHOTO | NMG 

Consumer goods manufacturer Pwani Oil has expanded its range of goods catering for the hospitality industry with the production of small-sized, round-shaped hotel soaps.

The manufacturing of the soaps has started at Pwani Oil’s Kikambala factory in Mombasa.

High-end hotels, resorts, lodgings and motels have been relying heavily on imports of such small-sized soaps weighing between 20g to 40mg, which cater for single use by guests.

Local production means hoteliers can now source the round soaps faster and at much cheaper prices compared to imports.

“Previously such basic commodities were exclusively imported,” the firm said.

“Now any hotel can place orders for bespoke soaps ranging in the organisations’ sizes, preferred colour, scent and even embossment of hotel’s logo on the wrapper of the soap.”

Pwani Oil are the makers of household brands including Freshfri, Salit, Fry Mate and Mpishi Poa cooking oils and fats. They are also the manufacturers of Sawa bathing soap and Whitewash Extra — a three-in-one laundry soap.

Last year, the manufacturer lost a court fight to quash a Sh134 million tax demand from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) due to a dispute in which Pwani Oil was accused of having diverted into the local market goods meant for export.

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