Heineken has majority control of Multi-Bintang

Heineken has majority control of Multi-Bintang

Multi Bintang, the Heineken-controlled Indonesian brewer, has started work on a IDR210bn (US$19m) facility that will produce no- and low-alcohol beer.

The plant, in eastern Java's Mojokerto, will have a 500,000 hectolitres annual capacity and is expected to be completed in May, Multi Bintang said in a statement sent to just-drinks today (24 January). It will make Multi Bintang brands including Green Sands, a 1% abv lime-flavoured beer, and alcohol-free Bintang Zero.

Multi Bintang president Cosmas Batubara said: “Demand for Multi Bintang’s products at tourist destinations in Indonesia and also for export to other countries continues to increase every year. This pushes Multi Bintang to ensure the availability of our products”.

It will be Multi Bintang's third production facility in Indonesia. The company runs a brewery, also in Mojokerto, and has a second in Tangerang, Banten, near Jakarta.

Heineken has majority control of Multi Bintang in a partnership that dates back to 1929. In 2010, Heineken's Asia Pacific Breweries JV upped its stake in Multi-Bintang to 80.6%. Heineken took full control of APB in late 2012.