Heineken Starts $100m Mozambique Brewery In Africa Push

By Dave Simpson
Heineken Starts $100m Mozambique Brewery In Africa Push

Heineken, the world's second-largest brewer, has started building a $100 million plant in Mozambique as it seeks to compete with its larger competitor, Anheuser-Busch InBev, in the south-east African country.

The brewery, to be located in Maputo province, will have a capacity of 800,000 hectolitres and will start production in the first half of 2019, Heineken said in an emailed statement Monday (4 December).

The world's two beer-making giants are expanding in Africa to take advantage of rising household incomes and faster sales-growth rates than in more mature markets. Heineken has units in Nigeria, where it brews the country’s Star lager, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In April, the Amsterdam-based company opened a new brewery in Ivory Coast at a cost of about €150 million.

AB InBev, which last year bought SABMiller to become the world’s largest beer maker, brews the 2M, Laurentina and Manica brands in Mozambique.

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