Anheuser-Busch InBev has announced that it will construct a new brewery in Mozambique in the second half of 2019 to compete with rival Heineken, which is currently constructing a $100 million brewery in the country.
According to AB InBev, the new facility will be capable of producing approximately 2 million hectolitres of beer annually, and there will be room to expand the facility in the future if necessary.
The company did not disclose the amount that it would invest to build the new facility or reveal the drink brands that would be brewed at the facility, though AB InBev already brews the 2M and Laurentina brands in Mozambique at another facility.
This move also comes in response to the growth of the beer market in Mozambique and Africa in general, which has seen growth of more than 20% in the first half of this year, according to Reuters.
Commenting on the investment, Ricardo Tadeu, AB InBev’s zone president Africa said: “It’s a reflection of how much we have been adding on the continent, constantly aiming for growth and putting the money where our mouth is.”
Last year, AB InBev strengthened its position in the African beer market by investing $250 million to build a new brewery in south-west Nigeria, and also launched Budweiser in the country.
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