SABMiller has opened a second brewery in Uganda as it seeks to relieve capacity pressures in the country.

The new facility, in Mbarara, western Uganda, doubles the capacity of SABMiller's Ugandan subsidiary, Nile Breweries, to 3.6m hectolitres, the brewer said today (22 August). The facility was officially opened today but has been operational since April.

“The growth potential in Uganda, particularly Western Uganda, is significant and the new brewery in Mbarara will allow us to realise the opportunity,” said Mark Bowman, MD for SABMiller Africa. “Building a second brewery in Uganda is part of our strategy to invest in new capacity across Africa so that we are in a strong position to capitalise on the continent’s long-term beer market growth over the coming decades.”

Clear beer volumes in Uganda have grown by 11% annually over the past six years, with volumes expected to continue to climb in the “foreseeable future”, SABMiller said. The new brewery brings SABMiller's investment in Uganda to $200m over the past five years.

Construction on the US$90m site began in February last year. It will operate alongside SABMiller's River Nile plant in Jinja, which underwent a $29m expansion in 2009. The new brewery will produce beers including Nile Special, Club Pilsener, Eagle Extra, Eagle Lager, and Chairman’s Extra Strong Brew.

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