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Brewery boss hails visit as a ‘great day’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

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‘PRIDE’ was the feeling described by the boss of Molson Coors after welcoming the Prime Minister to visit the firm’s brand new multi-million pound bottling plant.

Simon Cox, managing director at Molson Coors UK & Ireland, spoke to the Mail about work at the company’s Station Street brewery after taking David Cameron on a guided tour of the facility.

The brewing chief praised staff for helping the organisation during its £75 million project to revamp its operations in the town.

He said: “It was a great day for Molson Coors and a great day for the town.

“To get the Prime Minister to come to the brewery and recognise all the hard work that has taken place is a great fillip to all involved – it was a big day for us all.

“We have spent a lot of money, and there is more still to spend as part of efforts to transform our Burton operation.

“We are determined to make this the number one brewery and we think the work that has taken place and will take place in the future will help us do that.”

Mr Cox went on to talk about how the industry was showing signs of emerging positively from a tough 15 to 20 years.

He added: “We have had it rough, as have other brewers, and so has the industry as a whole for the past two decades.

“But positive policy changes such as the beer tax escalator cut and two years of cutting beer duty have really helped us all out.”

He moved on to talk about the important place that Molson Coors has in Burton.

“This is our home. This is our heartland,” he said.

“Parts of our heritage stem from here and our future will also.

“We want to keep Burton on the map as the brewing capital and our effort to be the best brewery in the UK will help us do that.

“I would like to thank the Prime Minister for coming along and supporting our efforts.

“However, I would also like to thank staff for their work and help during a lot of change that has taken place across the firm in the past few years.”

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