MARSTON’S showed their commitment to brewing in Burton when they opened their new bottling line this afternoon.
At a cost of £7.4m, it is a show of strength by the company that the brewing industry is thriving more than ever.
Marston’s CEO Ralph Findlay told the Mail: “Bottled beer makes up half of everything that we brew, so there is a great interest in this market.
“We export all around the world, particularly to Russia, Canada and Scandinavia and we think that this is only going to show continued growth. We’ve created 17 new jobs by opening this line and that’s important not only important for both Marston’s and Burton now but also the future.”
The company also stated that they worked with other local businesses during construction. 480 bottle conditioning tanks were supplied by Briggs of Burton, while Empire and Able installed the pipework.
The line was officially opened by Burton and Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths who agreed that the new line has had a positive impact for businesses in East Staffordshire.
He said: “We brew the best beer in the world here in the UK, and the best beer in the UK is brewed in Burton.
“By building this line, Marston’s have secured the future of brewing here in Burton for the next 20 years. Not only does the new bottling line great news, it’s fantastic that Marston’s chose to use local companies to supply materials to build it.”
Currently one in four bottled beers in the UK are brewed by Marston’s and the company predicts that its packaged business will continue to grow by ten per cent year on year through both its own brands and contract bottling.
Managing Director Richard Westwood said serveral options were considered to keep the company ahead of the competition but when it came down to it, the move to install the new bottling line was the best option.
He said: “This investment was a move to future-proof our business.
“The new line requires less energy, allows us greater flexibility for our bottled beer portfolio and contract services as well as bringing employment with 17 new jobs.”