Heineken on Monday laid the foundation stone of its first brewery in Mozambique in the presence of Max Tonela, Minister of Trade and Industry.

heinekenThis new brewery, incorporating the latest technologies, represents a $100 million (€85 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 hectoliters and will brew high quality beers for the domestic market.

The first bottle of beer is expected to come off the production line in the first half of 2019.

Heineken Mozambique started its activities in 2016 through a sales and marketing office, importing international beers including Heineken®, Amstel, Amstel Lite and Sagres in the country to offer more choice to Mozambican consumers.

The construction of Heineken’s very first brewery is a major step forward for the company’s presence in the country, it said in a press statement issued on Monday.

With this investment, company expects to create 200 direct jobs and support additional indirect jobs through its entire value chain.

Aligned with its ambition of sourcing 60% of its agricultural raw materials in Africa by 2020, Heineken Mozambique will explore the possibility of locally sourcing the raw materials it will need to produce its beers.

“One of the objectives of this project will be to improve crop yields as well as the capabilities and living standards of Mozambican farmers, contributing to the economic development of the country,” the company claimed today.

Boudewijn Haarsma, Heineken’s International’s Managing Director East & West Africa, said: “We are delighted to enter Mozambique, where we see promising long-term economic perspectives. The project is progressing well thanks to the support of the Mozambican Government and its commitment to bring investments into the country.

“Investing in a new market like Mozambique supports Heineken’s ambition to expand its footprint and be the number one or a strong number two in all markets in which it operates.”