Portuguese drinks manufacturer Sumol+Compal is due to launch production at its factory in Boane, on the outskirts of the Mozambican capital, Maputo, director José Paulo Machado told Portuguese newspaper Diário Económico.
Machado said that most of the products would be supplied by the Portuguese market, specifically some of the fruit used to make juices and fruit drinks, such as “rocha” pears, which are considered to be favourites of Mozambican consumers.
The investment of US$10 million in the factory is intended to supply the Mozambican market and countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), which has a potential of 170 million consumers.
The factory, with an installed production capacity of 30 million litres of juice per year, is the result of the company acquiring an industrial equipment unit in Boane at the beginning of the year.
“We announced the decision to the market on 24 February, but we had been studying the Mozambican market for a year and a half before that,” Machado told the newspaper.
This phase of the project is expected to be concluded in the last quarter of 2012, with the launch of a third production line, which will be installed over the next few weeks, he said. (macauhub)