SABMiller invests in Nigeria
US $100m to triple capacity at Onitsha
Less than two years after its opening, SABMiller is to invest US $100 million to expand its Nigerian brewery located in the southeast of the country in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The investment will triple the capacity of the brewery, from 700,000 to 2.1 million hectolitres. Currently it employs 300 people; the investment will create a further 400 jobs.
SABMiller Nigeria managing director Simon Harvey commented, “We have made significant investments over the past five years in Nigeria and this announcement demonstrates our ongoing commitment in the country.”
The expansion is already underway and is due for completion in the first quarter of 2015. The brewery will continue to produce brands including Hero lager, Castle Milk Stout and non-alcoholic malt beverages Grand Malt and Beta Malt.
Onitsha was a greenfield project commissioned in August 2012, with Krones then supplying all the equipment for the brewery. Beer was to be produced in returnable glass, supplemented with cans produced at Pabod Breweries, located about three hours away in Port Harcourt, where a canning line with spare capacity was situated.
In December 2008 SABMiller entered the Nigerian market, acquiring an interest in Pabod Breweries and in the following month agreed to acquire an interest in Voltic International Inc. Voltic has water businesses in Ghana and Nigeria. In accordance with an agreement with Castel, Castel subsequently acquired an interest in the holding company of Pabod and Voltic.
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