Budweiser Group pumps £115M in UK breweries to increase capacity

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Brewer to create 55 jobs at its two breweries and increase capacity by 3.6m hL

Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I has announced a £115million+ investment in its two major UK breweries in South Wales and Lancashire to drive economic prosperity across the UK and to increase its capacity and efficiency.

The primary focus of Budweiser Brewing Group’s investment will be installing modern and eco-friendly infrastructure at both breweries to increase capacity in brewing, canning, and bottling by a total of 3.6m hL (hectolitres), the equivalent of 630 million pints a year once all projects are complete. As a result, by the end of 2021, the company will have hired 55 new employees across both sites.

Full details of the investment are as follows:

Magor Brewery, South Wales – £72m investment, 1.6m hL capacity increase

  • New bottling line installed to increase brewing capacity (2020)
  • 8 new 8,000 hL fermenting units to increase brewing capacity (2021)
  • 32 new jobs in operational and management roles (2020-21)
  • Brewery-wide efficiency improvements such as better chillers, and increased line speed on several lines.
  • An improved wort cooler, beneficial for beer quality, which will also lead to significant energy savings of 40 million MJ a year.

Samlesbury Brewery, Lancashire – £45m investment, 2m hL capacity increase (2021/2022)

  • Installation of a new canning line for new sustainable plastic ring-free cans.
  • Multiple modifications in brewing, utilities, and logistics – increasing brewing capacity.
  • 23 new jobs in operational and specialist engineering roles.
  • Brewery-wide efficiency and equipment improvements, including a boiler system upgrade.

These improvements will enable Budweiser Brewing Group to meet the growing demand for beer.

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