Heineken to open $100 mln brewery in Mozambique in 2019

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JOHANNESBURG, Dec 4 – Heineken will open
a $100 million brewery in Mozambique, its first production
facility in the southern African nation, the brewer said on
Monday.

The world’s second-largest brewer plans to start production
at the 0.8 million hectoliters capacity plant in the capital
Maputo in the first half of 2019, it said in a statement.

Heineken, which also brews Amstel and Sagres, opened a
marketing office in Mozambique last year, importing products to
compete in a market where 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 neighbouring South Africa less
than a decade ago after ending a deal with SABMiller for brewing
Amstel beer.

-(Reuters)