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Post date: 03/11/2016 - 18:07

SABMiller restarts Chibuku plant after inspection shutdown

SABMiller has restarted production at a Chibuku production site in Malawi after government health inspectors closed it for what the company said were "minor issues".

SABMiller's Malawian unit, Chibuku Products, suspended production and distribution of Chibuku Shake Shake last Wednesday at its Lilongwe brewery, one of four SABMiller Chibuku plants in Malawi. The closure followed an inspection by the Malawi Bureau of Standards.

Local media reports last week quoted Malawian officials saying that the closure was due to non-compliance with hygiene standards.

SABMiller has restarted production at a Chibuku production site in Malawi after government health inspectors closed it for what the company said were "minor issues".

SABMiller's Malawian unit, Chibuku Products, suspended production and distribution of Chibuku Shake Shake last Wednesday at its Lilongwe brewery, one of four SABMiller Chibuku plants in Malawi. The closure followed an inspection by the Malawi Bureau of Standards.

Local media reports last week quoted Malawian officials saying that the closure was due to non-compliance with hygiene standards.

Chibuku Shake Shake and fellow SABMiller brand Chibuku Super are variants on the opaque sorghum-based beer that is traditionally home-brewed in Africa. Chibuku Shake Shake continues to ferment on shelf and gets increasingly alcoholic over its five-day shelf-life while Chibuku Super has a fixed abv of 3.5%, and comes in PET packaging. Chibuku Super was described as a "game-changer" for SABMiller in Africa when it was launched in 2013.

Clear and sorghum beer makes up around 20% of alcohol volumes sold in Africa, whereas the continent's "informal alcohol market" accounts for around 74% of all alcohol drunk.