Little Valley Brewery, near Hebden Bridge, has increased its bottle production five-fold with the recent acquisition and installation of a brand new bottling plant.
The brewery now has capacity to produce 2.5 million bottles of its premium bottles beers, on a one shift per day/five day week, helping to meet increased demand from both UK and international customers.
The new automated plant will also delivery greater efficiencies at the brewery.
Last year was a very busy year for the brewery with the launch of two new beers - stage winner, a beer to honour Yorkshire cycling legend, Brian Robinson; and a vanilla porter, which was commissioned by a Finnish company and is now available in the UK.
The brewery has also recently secured new business with a listing of its Python IPA in over 70 Morrisons stores across Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Internationally, the brewery is now exporting to six markets and is exploring potential in other markets including the USA and Canada.
The investment in the automated bottling plant, which was installed at the end of last year, is part of the brewery’s long-term growth and expansion plan, which also includes creating new jobs in the future to increase output.
“Our investment in the new bottling plant will deliver significant growth opportunities and efficiencies. Having had a very busy year last year, with new two new beers in production and high demand from retailers such as Booths, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons and distributors abroad, the new plant is essential for our future growth and success,” said Wim van der Spek, Little Valley Brewery’s founder and master brewer.
“This puts us in a strong position to achieve our ambitious growth targets for 2015 and beyond by seizing new business opportunities throughout the UK and in and new international markets, as the thirst for Little Valley beers continues unabated.”