ABN - Heineken NV is set to take on the world’s largest brewer AB InBev in the Mozambique drink market with the opening of a US$100 million plant in the Southern African nation’s capital Maputo.
The Dutch brewing company is the world second largest beer manufacturer, and has begun building the plant which will be located in Maputo province and have a capacity of 800,000 hectolitres.
Heineken opened a marketing office in Mozambique last year and has imported its products into the market thus far, but this will change when the new plant opens in the first half of 2019.
“We are delighted to enter Mozambique, where we see promising long-term economic perspectives,” said Heineken’s managing director for East and West Africa Boudewijn Haarsma.
Heineken is aiming to grab a greater share of the alcoholic beverages market in Mozambique, which is currently dominated by AB InBev after the latter bought SABMiller last year, giving it access to the 2M, Laurentina and Manica brands in Mozambique.
The world’s two largest beer makers are expanding across Africa as macro-economic growth accelerates the rise of an African middle-class and greater consumer spending.
Heineken has units in Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo, and opened a $178 million brewery in Ivory Coast back in April.