The juices produced at the Mozambican factory of Portuguese group Sumol + Compal will be available at hundreds of South African supermarkets Pick n Pay in both South Africa and the countries in the region where it is present, said Fernando Oliveira, the company’s chief executive.
The CEO also said that the first order of 300,000 litres of five flavours of juices had left the premises of the Sumol + Compal Moçambique Industrial Unit in Boane, 30 kilometres from the capital, Maputo, where a commemorative ceremony was held.
“It is the first major customer outside of Mozambique,” said Oliveira.
The investment in Mozambique, which was the first step in production outside Portugal, which gave a new lease of life to a building of 5,000 square metres that had belonged to the Lactogal company, now totals 10 million euros. The local subsidiary has a partner with a stake of just 1.0%.
Fernando Oliveira told Portuguese newspaper Público he “would like to have done more in Mozambique” but pointed out that sales had tripled since the factory started operating, the market share is around 40% and the 12 people hired initially have already increased to 90.
Sumol + Compal Moçambique started operating with two filling lines, with two others added later as well as a production line for individual doses of 200 ml.
Current production totals 6.5 million litres of juice per year, with the company aiming to produce between 18 million and 20 million litres within three years, although it has capacity to reach 35 million litres. (macauhub)