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Bralima brewery in Kisangani
Avenue du Drapeau 76
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bralima produces a wide variety of beers and other beverages, including Primus beer, Mützig, Turbo King, Guinness, alcohol-free Maltina and many soft drinks, which are bottled under license of the Coca-Cola Company.
After World War I, Belgian businessmen came to visit the present Democratic Republic of the Congo to evaluate the opportunities to invest in the country. They heard that the government was interested in producing beer for the local population because the beer produced by the inhabitants themselves caused major health problems. A brewery, which could brew a high quality beer, would be a good substitute for the current situation. The investors decided to set up a brewery with the support of the “Société Congolaise de Banque”. On 23 October 1923 the “Brasserie de Léopoldville” (as Kinshasa was then known) was established for 4.000.000 Congolese Francs. The first beer was produced on 27 December 1926.
After 1945 the brewery grew due to the economic boom in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Stakeholders were more likely to invest and Bralima decided to carry out a decentralized structure. From 1950 to 1958 Bralima decided to keep on five breweries in DR Congo: Kinshasa, Boma, Bukavu, Kisangani and Mbandaka.