The Heineken Group expects to start producing beer in Mozambique from the first half of 2019 in a factory costing US$100 million, with a production capacity of 80,000 hectolitres per year and whose first stone was laid on Monday in the Marracuene district of Maputo province, the Mozambican press reported.
The director-general of Heineken International for Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Boudewijn Haarsma, expressed the group’s enthusiasm to start producing beer in Mozambique, a country which, he said, has promising long term prospects.
“With our vast experience and existing businesses in Africa, we also want to be partners for the economic growth of Mozambique, as we are already in the rest of the continent,” said Haarsma.
The subsidiary Heineken Mozambique began operating in 2016 with an office for promotion and sales and by importing beers such as Heineken and Amstel, Amstel Lite and Sagres in order to expand the number of products available to Mozambican consumers.
The minister of Industry and Trade, Max Tonela, highlighted that this project responds to the industrialisation strategy promoted by the government for structural transformation of the economy and its inclusion in the world market and added that the plant will ensure the replacement of imports of a product that is consumed on a large scale, contributing to saving foreign currency and improving Mozambique’s balance of trade. (macauhub)