SAB Miller opens new $100m Nigeria brewery03 September 2012
SAB Miller has opened a new $100 million brewery in Onitsha, south east Nigeria on Thursday in a move that will boost the firm's capacity to supply the country’s growing demand for beer.
The new facility will brew 500,000 hectolitres of Hero Lager‚ Trophy Lager and Grand Lager per year. It will also make non-alcoholic beverages Grand Malt and Beta Malt.
The plant will use local raw materials such as sorghum and maize and will initially create 180 new jobs. This figure will rise to around 450 as production capacity increases.
“Over the past five years we have invested over $1bn in Africa," said Mark Bowman‚ SABMiller Africa's managing director.
"Today’s opening is an indication of our commitment to increase our capacity further and to consolidate our position on the continent whilst contributing positively to the local communities in which we operate.”
SAB Miller will have four sites in Nigeria with the opening of the Onitsha brewery. The firm first entered Nigeria in 2009 through its strategic partnership with brewer Castel.
Growing at around 6% per year, Nigeria is Africa's second largest beer market behind South Africa. However, average consumption of beer is relatively low at around 10 litres per year when compared with South Africa (60 litres a year).
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