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Heineken's new EUR110m (US$129m) brewery in Ethiopia is up to full capacity six months after it was completed.

The brewery will mainly produce Walia beer

The brewery will mainly produce Walia beer

The Kilinto factory, near capital Addis Ababa, is Heineken's third brewery in the country and was inaugurated last week in a ceremony led by Heineken CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer. The ceremony marked the formal finish of the project, but brewing started in the last week of July, a spokesperson told just-drinks.

The spokesperson said the brewery is now at "full planned capacity and running as required".

Construction on the project, part of Heineken's EUR310m investment in Ethiopia, started in March 2013. The plant's main focus is the local brand Walia beer, which was launched in August, as well as Bedele, Harar and Sofi Malt. Brand Heineken will also be brewed at the plant “in due course”, the spokesperson said.

Capacity outstrips Heineken's other two Ethiopian breweries at 1.5m hectolitres a year.


Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: Heineken

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