SABMiller is ramping up capacity in Namibia

SABMiller is ramping up capacity in Namibia

SABMiller has unveiled plans to build a new US$40m brewery in Namibia as the race for dominance in Africa's beer markets heats up. 

The 260,000-hectolitre Okahanjda plant, about 40 miles north of capital Windhoek, will be operational in the second half of next year, SABMiller said today (6 March). “The local brewery will not only enable us to make more of our key brands available to consumers in the Namibian market, but it will also make a meaningful contribution to the Namibian economy," SABMiller MD Mauricio Leyva said.

The announcement follows Heineken's plans, unveiled this month, to build a 1.5m hectolitre brewery in Ethiopia. In August SABMiller opened a $100m plant in Nigeria.

SABMiller has been in Namibia for about 20 years. In 2010, it formed SABMiller Namibia Ltd to house its Namibia operations, and the company now controls about 22% of the market, SABMiller said. The Okahanjda brewery will produce brands including Castle Lager, Carling Black Label and Castle Lite and follows the construction of SABMiller's first Namibian brewery, started in 2010

SABMiller Namibia is 60% owned by SAB Ltd and 40% by local Namibian partners.

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