Heineken started work on the brewery last year

Heineken started work on the brewery last year

Heineken's Africa head has confirmed to just-drinks that the company's latest Ethiopian brewery will start producing beer from the middle of next month.

Siep Hiemstra, Heineken president for Africa & the Middle East, said in an interview the plant “should be operational from 15 July,”. He called the facility, construction of which started a year ago, a “huge achievement”, but added “we need the volume, it's really time”.

The plant, near Addis Ababa, is Heineken's third brewery in the country after the state-owned Bedele and Harar plants it acquired in 2011. Capacity will outstrip the other two breweries at 1.5m hectolitres a year. It is expected to brew brand Heineken, Harar and Bedele beers.

To read the full interview with Hiemstra, click here.