Portuguese group Unicer to invest US$120 million in beer factory in Angola

25 January 2010

Luanda, Angola, 25 Jan – Portuguese group Unicer plans to invest US$120 million, US$85 million of which in the first phase, in construction of a beer factory in Angola’s Bengo province, the group’s representative in Angola, José Teixeira said in Luanda.

Speaking to Angolan newspaper O País, Teixeira said that the factory would be called Única (União Cervejeira de Angola) and would have a production capacity of around 100 million litres of beer, and was due to start operating in May, 2011.

Única, which will be 49 percent owned by Unicer and 51 percent by Angolan groups Giasope, Emprominas and Imosil, will create 1,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs.

According to Teixeira, only two of Unicer’s traditional products (Cristal, Carlsberg and Super Bock) is likely to be produced in Angola, as the aim is to “create new brands with their own names that mean something to the Angolan population.”

The project to create a Unicer factory in Angola goes back to 2003, but only at the end of 2009 were the contracts signed with the three Angolan partners.

Currently, 30 percent of the beer sold in Angola is imported and of the around 140 million litres that are Portuguese in origin, 125 million litres are of Unicer brands.

“Our company has a 70 percent market share in Angola in the imported beer segment,” he noted.

Angola is the third largest beer market in Africa, and in 2008 represented sales of 700 million litres, which is the equivalent of 7 percent of the beer consumed in the whole of Africa. (macauhub)