Heineken has laid the foundation stone of its first brewery in Mozambique of what is a $100 million investment in the African country.

The new brewery is located in the province of Maputo and is expected to create 200 direct jobs. It will have a production capacity of 800,000 hectolitres, which it will be manufacturing for the domestic market. The first bottle is expected to come off the production line in the first half of 2019.

Boudewijn Haarsma, Heineken International’s managing director for East & West Africa, said: “We are delighted to enter Mozambique, where we see promising long-term economic perspectives. The project is progressing well thanks to the support of the Mozambican Government and its commitment to bring investments into the country. Investing in a new market like Mozambique supports Heineken’s ambition to expand its footprint and be the number one or a strong number two in all markets in which it operates.”