Angolan company starts exporting bananas to Europe

14 July 2016

Angolan company Novagrolider is due in October to start exporting 200 tonnes of bananas a week to Portugal, Spain and France, the company’s chief executive João Macedo said in Luanda.

The announcement was made after a visit by the Minister of Trade, Fiel Constantino, to the fruit and vegetable company and to the facilities of glass factory Vidrul – Vidreira of Angola, at the invitation of the Community of Exporting and Internationalised Companies of Angola (CEEIA).

Novagrolider produces 150,000 tons of various products annually and on a monthly basis exports about 70 tonnes of bananas to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) about 70 tonnes of banana. According to the CEO these amounts are below the company’s potential.

With an investment of about US$200 million, Novagrolider has production areas in the provinces of Kwanza Sul, Bengo and Luanda and will expand its structure to the provinces of Huíla and Cunene, with the production of fruit and vegetables.

Minister Constantino said that Angola has started to replace imports of some products and is now starting to export others and promised government support in creating a supply chain to enable economic agents to expand their business and improve agricultural yields.

Vidrul is the country’s main supplier of glass containers for the beverage industry, exporting some of its production to several African countries. (macauhub/AO)