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Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company Makes Over £10 Million Investment in Northampton Brewery

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company Makes Over £10 Million Investment in Northampton Brewery £10m+, Carlsberg, investment, Marston's Brewing Company, Northampton Brewery Food and Beverage Business

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company has announced plans to invest over £10m to upgrade equipment at its Northampton Brewery, with a focus on increasing capacity for producing Snap Pack packaging and reducing water usage.

In the first quarter of next year, three significant upgrades are set to go live, including the installation of a second-generation machine for packaging cans in Snap Pack, a new laser can encoder, and an improved can filler and seamer.

The Snap Pack packaging, introduced in 2018, utilizes innovative glue dot technology to eliminate the need for plastic rings in multipacks, making it a more sustainable option. This technology is currently being used across a range of well-known beers in CMBC’s portfolio, such as Carlsberg Danish Pilsner, San Miguel, Birrificio Angelo Poretti, and Brooklyn Pilsner.

By the end of 2022, Snap Pack is projected to be used for 65% of the four- and six-can multipacks produced at the brewery. With the installation of the new second-generation Snap Pack machine, the company aims to double the number of Snap Pack multipacks produced, with a full transition expected by the end of 2024. The widespread adoption of Snap Pack is estimated to reduce the brewery’s plastic usage by up to 76% compared to previous multipacks.

In addition to the upgrades for Snap Pack production, the brewery will also be installing a replacement KHS can filler, a new seamer from Ferrum, and a Domino Laser Can Coder. These new machines are expected to bring about improvements in efficiency and safety, with an estimated reduction of around 10% in water usage, equivalent to approximately 18 million litres every year.

This investment is in line with CMBC’s commitment to sustainability, as part of their Together Towards ZERO and Beyond ESG programme, which includes ambitious targets for reducing plastic usage and achieving more efficient water usage across all its breweries.

Paul Davies, CEO of CMBC, emphasized the company’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact, stating, “We take our responsibility as a brewer very seriously and ensuring we reduce our impact on the planet is a hugely important part of this. This major investment of more than £10m in Northampton demonstrates our clear commitments to eliminating packaging waste, reducing water waste, and improving efficiency at our breweries.”

Edgar-George Petsche, executive vice president of Market Zone Europe/CIS at KHS, expressed pride in the partnership with CMBC and their joint efforts towards responsible climate protection, stating, “Energy-efficient machinery and equipment as well as safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions are central components of our KHS sustainability strategy. As a reliable partner of CMBC, we are proud to join forces on the path towards responsible climate protection.”

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