JOHANNESBURG - Heineken will open a $100-million (R1.36-billion) brewery in Mozambique, its first production facility in the country, the brewer said on Monday.
The world's second-largest brewer plans to start production at the 0.8-million-hectolitres-capacity plant in the capital, Maputo, in the first half of 2019, it said in a statement.
Proud to speak at ceremony for laying first stone of the new HEINEKEN Mozambique brewery: 200 direct jobs & 3000 additional indirect jobs through its entire value chain. Contributing to agribusiness in #Mozambique by locally sourcing the raw materials for producing beer! Cheers pic.twitter.com/OFuJo2qIlm— NLAmbassadeur Maputo (@PMGrotenhuis) December 4, 2017
Heineken, which also brews Amstel and Sagres, opened a marketing office in Mozambique last year, importing products to compete in a market in which AB Inbev's 2M is entrenched.
AB Inbev last year took over SABMiller, gaining a brewery in Mozambique among a host of assets worldwide.
"We are delighted to enter Mozambique, where we see promising long-term economic perspectives," said Heineken's managing director for East and West Africa, Boudewijn Haarsma.
Heineken built a brewery in South Africa less than a decade ago after ending a deal with SABMiller for brewing Amstel beer.