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Production will begin in early 2019, in a project that forms part of a bigger push into Africa by the world’s second-largest brewer, seeking to compete with AB InBev. Pictured: Minister of Industry and Trade Max Tonela (R) with Heineken's Heineken's managing director for East and West Africa Boudewijn Haarsma
Heineken, the world’s second-largest brewer, started building a $100m plant in Mozambique as it seeks to compete with its larger competitor, Anheuser-Busch InBev, in the southeast African country.
The brewery, to be located in Maputo province, will have a capacity of 800,000 hectolitres and will start production in the first half of 2019, Heineken said on Monday.
The world’s two beer-making giants are expanding in Africa to take advantage of rising household incomes and faster sales-growth rates than in more mature markets.
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Heineken has units in Nigeria, where it brews the country’s Star lager, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In April, the Amsterdam-based company opened a new brewery in Ivory Coast at a cost of about €150m.
AB InBev, which last year bought SABMiller to become the world’s largest beer maker, brews the 2M, Laurentina and Manica brands in Mozambique.
The country’s economy is set to grow 4.7% this year, according to the International Monetary Fund.
Mozambique, which defaulted on its dollar debt this year, has a population of 29.5-million.