SABMiller has revealed details of further investment in Nigeria

SABMiller has revealed details of further investment in Nigeria

SABMiller has started work on tripling production capacity at one of its Nigerian breweries as part of a US$110m investment. 

The UK-headquarted group said today (23 January) that its subsidiary, Intafact Beverages, has begun work on expanding the Onitsha brewery in south-east Nigeria. Capacity at the site will climb to 2.1m hectolitres once the upgrade is completed by March next year, the brewer said. 

The group pointed to the unit's growth and “success” of Hero Lager, lauched in 2012, as the reason for the investment. 

“We have made significant investments over the past five years in Nigeria and this announcement demonstrates our ongoing commitment in the country,” said Simon Harvey, SABMiller's Nigeria MD. 

The site, which also produces Castle Milk Stout, will see its workforce increase by 400 - adding to the current 300 employees. 

SABMiller, which has two other breweries in Nigeria and two bottling plants, launched the Onitsha site in August 2012, with an initial investment of $100m. 

This week, the company reported an 8% rise in Q3 sales by value in Africa, excluding South Africa, as part of wider group figures