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Native name
Brasseries et Limonaderies du Burundi
Area served
ProductsBeer, Soft Drinks
Number of employees
500 (2013)
ParentHeineken International

Brarudi S.A., also known by its French name Brasseries et Limonaderies du Burundi, is the largest brewer and soft beverage company in the Republic of Burundi.[1]


The history of Brarudi goes back to 1955[2] when the management of the breweries of the Belgian Congo, then under the management of Brasseries de Leopoldville (now Bralima Brewery), decided to build a brewery in the Eastern region to server Ruanda-Urundi and Eastern Congo. The city of Usumbura (now Bujumbura), on the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika, was selected to house the new brewery whose name was Brasserie du Rwanda-Urundi.[3] The brewery became operational December 23, 1955 and began producing Primus Beer.

In November 1957, Bralima started the construction work for a second brewery to be located in Gisenyi on the northern shores of Lake Kivu under the name Brasseries et Limonaderies du Rwanda.[3]

Upon independence, Bralima was incorporated in Congo Léopoldville, Brarudi in Burundi and Bralirwa in Rwanda.[4]

In 1966, Brarudi diversified into the production of soft drinks. This was through the brewer's partnership with The Coca-Cola Company making it a bottler for Coca-Cola products. A soft beverages plant was opened in Gitega for this purpose.[3]

In 1975, the Government of Burundi acquired 40% control of Brarudi while Banque Bruxelles Lambert (BBL) retained its 60% shareholding.[3] BBL exited Brarudi in 1982 through a selling its 60% stake to Heineken, a Dutch brewing conglomerate. This made Brarudi a subsidiary of Heineken.[3]

Today, Brarudi is a regionally and internationally recognized brewer and soft beverage manufacturer with an expanding portfolio of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.[3]


The shares of stock of the company are privately held. The ownership of the company stock is as depicted in the table below:[5]

Brasseries et Limonaderies du Burundi Stock Ownership
Rank Name of Owner Percentage Ownership
1 Heineken International 60.0
2 Government of Burundi 40.0
Total 100.0


The brands manufactured by Brarudi include:[6]


Soft drinks[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nduwimana, Patrick (December 10, 2012). "Brarudi says sales hit by Burundi tax rise". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  2. ^ "Company Overview of Brasseries et Limonaderies du Burundi Brarudi S.A." Bloomberg Business. Bloomberg L.P. April 25, 2015. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Brarudi - Historique". Brarudi SA. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  4. ^ "Bralirwa History and Background Information". Bralirwa. Archived from the original on 2015-07-03. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  5. ^ "About us - Brarudi". Brarudi SA. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  6. ^ "Brarudi - Nos Marques". Brarudi SA. Retrieved 2015-04-25.

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