Beer factory in Mozambique studies possibility of using cassava

10 September 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 10 Sept – Mozambican beer manufacturer, Cervejas de Moçambique (CdM) is studying the possibility of using cassava to make beer at its Nampula factory in order to reduce its costs from importing raw materials, said the Agricultural director of Nampula province.

José Varimelo told Mozambican newspaper Notícias that his department and those responsible for the factory were studying the possibility of producing cassava in the province and were seeking producers with capacity to supply raw materials in large quantities.

Annual production of cassava in Nampula province is currently 4 million tons, most of which is for domestic consumption.

Beer production uses not only malt and hops, but also starch powder, which could be extracted from cassava.

The Nampula factory of Cervejas de Moçambique, a subsidiary of multinational group SABMiller, started operating at the beginning of the year, following an investment of US$50 million and annually produces 480,000 hectolitres of beer. (macauhub)