Portuguese beer maker Unicer continues with plans to build beer factory in Angola

24 March 2014

The project to build a beer factory in Angola is still in place, there have “been positive developments since August 2013,” and Portuguese beer maker Unicer is now waiting for “licencing by the Angolan authorities,” said the company’s chief executive.

João Abecasis told Portuguese daily newspaper Publico that he would like the process to be at an even more advanced stage, but added that he still expected beer production in Angola “to begin in 2016.”

Única, the company founded to carry out investments in Angola, is 49 percent owned by Unicer and the remaining capital is in the hands of Angolan businessmen Armando Cruz (Imosil), Joaquim David and Botelho Vasconcelos (Giasop), Carlos Fernandes (Emprominas) and António Silva (A. J. Silva).

The project to build an Unicer factory in Angola has been under consideration since 2005, and Abecasis said that the investment is somewhat complex as it required “a local supply of malt.”

In 2013 a drop in beer sales to Angola, of 33 million euros less, penalised the company’s performance despite Angola remaining as Unicer’s main export marker. (macauhub)