Molson Coors to invest further £28m in largest brewery in UK

Molson Coors has unveiled a further £28m investment in the expansion of its brewery in Burton upon Trent.

As part of its five year Burton Brewery redevelopment plan, Molson Coors, Britain’s biggest brewer, has announced a further investment of £28 million in brewing technology and infrastructure. The investment takes the total now invested in the facility to £75 million and is the biggest single capital investment in British brewing over recent decades.

The announcement coincides with a visit from the Prime Minister to the Burton Brewery to view the £21 million new bottling line. The state of the art facility offers Molson Coors greater capability to meet the on-going needs of its consumers through bottle and pack innovation.

The newly announced investment will support brewing a large proportion of the 1.2 billion pints of beer brewed at Molson Coors’ Burton Brewery. The modern brewing technology will maintain the brewer’s high quality standards to ensure UK favourites, such as Carling, Coors Light and Cobra continue to delight future generations of beer drinkers.

The Prime Minister said: “Giving businesses the confidence to invest is a key part of our long term economic plan. Molson Coors’ commitment to spend £28 million on this innovative brewing technology demonstrates that this plan is working – encouraging business investment and giving hard-working people economic security for the future.”

Commenting on this next phase of the redevelopment programme, Simon Cox, Managing Director of Molson Coors UK & Ireland said: “We are excited to be investing further in Burton Brewery and its workforce as we continue our redevelopment programme. Funded by the biggest investment in our industry for decades, the new infrastructure and technology at the brewery will maintain our rich heritage of brewing in Burton.”

Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton and Uttoxeter, said: “I’m delighted Molson Coors is investing in new technology and equipment in its brewery, which is vital to the prosperity of the town. This is a great vote of confidence in Burton and the local economy.”

The new buildings and technology, including a new energy centre, will also help Molson Coors to achieve its target of reducing energy use by 25 percent and cut 20 percent of its greenhouse gas use by 2020 as outlined in the company’s 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.