Carlsberg divests Malawi
And so parts with its origins as a multinational brewer
Carlsberg has divested its majority 59% in Carlsberg Malawi Limited to beer and wines conglomerate Castel Group.
The brewery, distillery and five bottling plants that comprised Carlsberg Malawi were the Danes only operations on the African continent.
The brewery in Blantyre represents a perhaps now forgotten milestone in the internationalisation of the brewing industry. When it was officially opened in December 1968 it became Carlsberg’s first brewery outside of Denmark.
Carlsberg executive VP for Asia Graham Fewkes described the divestment as being in line with the multinational’s “narrower and more precisely defined set of priorities.”
Under a licensing agreement Castel Group will continue to brew, distribute and market Carlsberg in Malawi.
The transaction, which was announced in August, is pending with it awaiting certain regulatory and corporate approvals.