The national executive committee of the National Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers (Naspawap) in consultation with stakeholders recommended price increases for bottled and sachet water which takes effect from Monday September 19, 2022
In a statement copied to Soireenews com, the NEC noted that these reviews serve as a guide to all regional associations and to ensure uniformity across the country.
The NEC also cautioned that there might be slight variations across regions due to haulage to remote and distant areas.
The NEC in the statement recommended that ice bottled water 500ml be retailed at GH¢2, and iced bottled water, 750ml or medium size, be retailed at GH¢ 3.
According to the statement, the iced sachet water is recommended at 50 pesewas .
It noted that a bag of sachet water, 500ml by 30, will now sell at GH¢ 7 from the retail trucks. Mini shops will now retail a bag of sachet at GH¢9 per bag.
The statement asserted that the price reviews have been necessitated by rising cost of inputs such as fuel and packaging materials which are mainly IMPORTED, increases in electricity and water which took effect from September 1, 2022.
" At our previous review in March 2022, the dollar was in the region of 8.5ghc. Currently it is inching up to 10ghc. Fuel prices have significantly gone up since our last review. It was 9 and now it is 14.5ghc, which is 61 % change since March 23, 2022," the statement noted.
According to the statement, the suggested adjustment is to help producers cover their production costs.
"We appreciate the difficulties our consumers have to go through to endure these hardships. We appeal to all to bare with us," the statement concluded.