World’s second-largest beer maker is doubling production in Ivory Coast to meet greater thirst

Beer consumption in Africa’s fastest growing economy has increased since the end of a decade-long political crisis in 2011, and Castel dominates sales with its popular Castel, Flag and Solibra Bock brands.

Heineken is aiming to beat French company Castel by doubling its beer production in Ivory Coast by next year.

The Dutch brewer has operations in 10 other African countries including Nigeria, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

The world’s second-largest beer producer hopes to take a greater share in Cote d'Ivoire's commercial city Abidjan as it hopes to increase Brassivoire brewery

“We will invest 20 billion CFA francs ($35.49 million) by the end of the year...to double our capacity,” said Alexander Koch, general manager of the brewery.

“We had planned to make this investment between 2018 and 2019. But with the strong demand, we are doing it before the end of the year,” he said.

The brewery is expecting to see a total investment to hit 100 billion CFA francs.

This year’s investment will increase beer production to 160 million litres annually by next year, more than half Ivory Coast’s 270-million litre consumption, most of which is currently supplied by privately-owned Castel from its Solibra brewery in Abidjan.

($1 = 563.5400 CFA francs)

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