Fall in beer exports to Angola affects results of Portugal’s Unicer in 2013

21 March 2014

A drop in beer exports to Angola, of 33 million euros, affected the performance of Portugal’s Unicer in 2013, despite the beer maker increasing sales in Portugal after a nine-year downturn, the company’s chairman said.

At the presentation of 2013 results at its headquarter in Matosinhos, Portugal, the chairman of Unicer, João Abecasis, said that Unicer’s turnover had fallen by 20 million euros to 463 million euros. Profit remained practically unchanged from 2012, at 27 million euros compared to 28 million euros.

Abecasis noted 47 percent growth in exports to new markets, such as Mozambique, the United States, Brazil and Saudi Arabia and mentioned the highlight of Super Bock beer now being produced in Brazil via a partnership with local company Riograndense.

In 2013, a third of Unicer’s sales were made in foreign markets and it shipped an average of 57 containers per day. Sales to Europe rose by 3 percent and France was the company’s second export market, right behind Angola.

Abecasis said that the company’s factory in Angola was scheduled to start operating in 2016. (macauhub)