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Greene King to build new £40 million brewery

Greene King is investing £40 million in developing a new state-of-the-art brewery.

The announcement means the Abbot Ale and Speckled Hen brewer is calling time at its historic 200-year-old brewery – but remaining in the Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds that’s been home since its founding in 1799.

The new custom-built facility is a response to evolving customer trends and will enable the company to produce more craft beers. It will also significantly improve the sustainability of its brewing operations. Per pint, water usage in the brewing process will be reduced by more than 50 percent, alongside significant improvements in energy efficiency. It will drive Greene King’s progression towards its science-based environmental targets, which includes the company’s aim to be carbon net zero by 2040, as well as reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

Over the last two years, Greene King, which owns 2,700 pub-restaurants nationally, has also invested in a new multi-million-pound distribution centre, adjacent to the proposed site for the new brewery in Bury St Edmunds, as well as over £9 million in its historic Belhaven Brewery in Dunbar.

Nick Mackenzie, chief executive officer at Greene King, said: “Brewing in Bury St Edmunds is a core part of Greene King’s DNA. This investment represents a further and significant ongoing commitment to our brewing operations in a town which has such a rich and storied connection with our business and with brewing.

Greene King’s Westgate Brewery has produced beers for more than two centuries
Image: Greene King

As we seek to make our operations more sustainable, our new brewery will future proof our ability to brew our much-loved brands, as we create a thriving modern hospitality business.”

Matt Starbuck, managing director Brewing & Brands at Greene King, said: “We have been brewing in Bury St Edmunds for over 200 years. We are passionate about our craft and the development of this state-of-the-art facility will allow us to maintain brewing at the core of our business going forwards. We are excited by the opportunity that this affords and the chance to invest in innovation and the development of our world-class beer portfolio.”

The new site is expected to take around three years to complete.

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