Kazakhstan: Carlsberg Boosts Production Capacity

Carlsberg Kazakhstan inaugurated on Friday a state-of-the-art production facility in Almaty, as reported by the Kazakh Invest press service. The USD 50 million venture was backed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Kazakh Invest National Company.

The new facility is poised to ramp up production capacity for both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, increasing output from 2.3 million hectoliters to 3 million hectoliters annually.

With the launch, Carlsberg Kazakhstan aims for full localization of brewing and non-alcoholic products, catering to domestic needs while eyeing export opportunities to neighboring countries such as Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Armenia. The project is expected to create jobs for approximately 500 production workers in Almaty and over 2,000 employees in distribution companies across the country.

First Vice President for Central and Eastern Europe of Carlsberg Group Lars Lehmann expressed gratitude for the support from the Kazakh government in realizing the project, emphasizing Carlsberg's commitment to social responsibility. The company has invested around USD 213 million in Kazakhstan's beverage industry since 2008, prioritizing job creation and support for related sectors.

Beyond the beverage industry, the new facility's impact extends to local manufacturing, driving demand for glass bottles, aluminum cans, and packaging materials. Moreover, the agricultural sector stands to benefit from increased demand for grain and malt.

The decision to expand local production capacity aligns with the prevailing geopolitical landscape in the region. Over the past two years, Carlsberg Kazakhstan has undertaken initiatives to bolster its presence in the country, reflecting its status as a leading player in Kazakhstan's low-alcohol beverage market and a prominent global brewing conglomerate.

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