Heineken opens $100 million brewery in Mozambique
20-03-2019 10:50:00 | by: Bob Koigi | hits: 2527 | Tags:

Dutch brewing company Heineken Has unveiled its first brewery in the district of Maputo, Mozambique.

The new brewery, incorporating the latest technologies, represents a US$100 million investment. Located in the province of Maputo, between the Marracuene and Manhiça districts, the brewery will have a production capacity of 0.8 million hectolitres.

It recently started to brew Txilar, a brand-new beer specially made by Mozambicans for Mozambican consumers. Heineken Mozambique will also continue to offer international brands including Heineken®, Amstel, Sagres and Strongbow.

Around 500 guests attended the opening ceremony including the Governor of Maputo Province, the Minister of Trade and Industry, the Minister of Agriculture and the Dutch Ambassador. Heineken was represented by Mrs. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and Mr. Michel de Carvalho, Executive Members of the Board of Directors of Heineken Holding N.V., as well as Mr. Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Heineken N.V., Mr. Roland Pirmez, President for the Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe region and Mr. Nuno Simes, Heineken Mozambique's General Manager.

Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board/CEO of Heineken N.V. said: "We believe in Mozambique. The population is young and vibrant, the middle-class is growing and living increasingly in cities, the economic perspectives are encouraging and the beer market has a great potential to grow. The construction of Heineken 's first brewery is a major step for the company's presence in the country."

With a GDP growth of 3.5% in 2018, Mozambique's socio-economic fundamentals are encouraging. Beer consumption is currently at 10.5 litre per capita.

Heineken wants to be a partner for growth in Mozambique. Through this important investment, Heineken Mozambique already employs 200 people - 96% of which are Mozambican. Heineken Mozambique will also support indirect jobs through its entire value chain.

Heineken Mozambique is using local maize grown in Catandica district in the central province of Manica in its new locally produced beer Txilar.

Heineken started its activities in Mozambique late 2016 through a sales and marketing office, importing international brands including Heineken®, Amstel, Sagres and Strongbow to offer more choice to Mozambican consumers. Today, just over two years later, Heineken is very proud to reach this milestone of the opening of its new brewery in Mozambique.