Cassava beer launched Monday in Mozambique

14 November 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 14 Nov – Mozambican beer maker Cervejas de Moçambique (CdM), a subsidiary of SABMiller Plc is due Monday official to launch Impala, its new brand of beer made from cassava, in Namigonha, in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, the company said in a statement.

In a statement issued Friday CdM said that Impala, which will be produced at the company’s factory in Nampula using 70 percent cassava and 30 percent from barley, is the result of several years of research to overcome the challenges of processing and producing beer using cassava as its main ingredient.

The beer is the first of its kind in the world, CdM said.

Cassava, which has surplus production in Mozambique, is a source of starch, but which starts to decompose almost immediately after it is harvested, as well as its high water content making it difficult to transport over long distances.

In order to keep the starch intact, CdM established a partnership with the Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company (Dadtco), which plans to set up mobile cassava processing units in production regions.

Projections point to the use of around 40,000 tons of cassava to produce Impala beer each year and this will provide employment to over 1,500 small scale farmers and their families, who will receive technical assistance from the IFDC, an international organization that supports rural workers across Africa. (macauhub)