Rwanda’s Bralirwa Ltd set to start brewing Heineken beer

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Bralirwa Ltd, Rwanda’s biggest brewer said it will start making Heineken beer locally in December 2018, in a move that will allow it to cut retail prices by a fifth.

The local brewer, which has been importing Heineken made in the Netherlands, said the switch to brewing Heineken locally was made possible by investments in its plant. The beer will also be exported to neighboring countries. These include Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bralirwa, which produces local beers like Primus, revealed that the price per bottle of Heineken will drop to 800 francs ($0.9231) from 1,000 francs, once local production starts.

Rwanda will join countries such as Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Ethiopia to become local producers of Heineken in Africa.

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