Brewery to double capacity

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St Austell Brewery has officially opened its new £2.5 million cask racking plant.

Head brewer Roger Ryman (l) with MD James Staughton

The system will enable the brewery to double its brewing capacity, producing up to 200,000 brewers’ barrels a year.

The expansion follows a positive year for the company, which despite operating in a shrinking market nationally, has seen its own volumes continue to rise.

MD James Staughton commented: “The opening of the new cask operation plant represents a significant milestone in our company’s 160-year history and it brings the total investment in our brewing and bottling facilities to almost £6 million in just seven years.

“Whilst we’ve been fortunate to have witnessed an increase in sales, we’re by no means resting on our laurels. The opening of the cask operation plant is a bold move, but will mean we will be able to consistently meet the demand for our range of award-winning ales now and in the years to come.”