The global brewing giant plans to invest $125m in a brewery and sparkling soft drinks plant to support the country’s growing demand for beverages. The company has expanded its production assets, depots, sales force and route to market in Angola.
On completion of the new brewery and sparkling soft drinks plant, SABMiller will have invested approximately $250m in upgrading or building new facilities across Angola in 18 months.
Production of clear beer will begin at the new greenfield brewery in Luanda in northern Angola in October 2009. This $125m facility will produce approximately 50,000hcl of clear beer and employ 500 people from the surrounding area. This will take the total number of people employed by SABMiller and its joint venture partner Empresa Cervejas de N’gola, to over 2000 across their five brewery and bottling facilities in Angola.
The new soft drinks plant will see production beginning on three bottling lines, capable of producing 200,000hcl per year.
Mark Bowman, managing director for SABMiller Africa, said: “SABMiller remains positive about the potential of the Angolan market and in conjunction with our partners, we are continuing to invest in what will be a bright future for the business. Angola’s economy has held up well during the global economic crisis and our team on the ground has risen to the challenges posed by supply chain and infrastructural constraints.”
Last November, work was also completed on expanding the capacity of the Lubango brewhouse to 820,000hcl.