Angola re-launches production of canned fish

21 September 2016

The production of canned fish will be re-launched in Angola with the opening, in October, of a factory in the city of Tômbwa, Namibe province, where the PesSul company has invested about US$4 million, said the factory’s manager.

Enrique Flores told Angolan news agency Angop that the factory should start operating with a production line of 200,000 cans of tuna a day and another for 50,000 cans of mackerel, with estimated production by the end of year of 3 million 120-gram cans of pelagic species and 9 million units of 80 grams of tuna.

The launch of activity in October, after testing the equipment and trial production at the beginning of the year, will mark the return of production of canned food to Angola, at a standstill for several years.

The destination of production is expected to be the national market and, at a later stage and once production increases, export markets.

The canning industry in the province of Namibe (formerly Moçâmedes) dates back to 1930 and the first unit was known as Fábrica Africana (African Factory), which canned not only fish, but also other products.

After independence in 1975, the sub-sector was revived in Namibe and Benguela, and in the latter, there was a larger factory, called Mampesa. (macauhub/AO)