Heineken will invest €6.4 million next year to expand its site in Jaén, Spain, enabling the production of canned Cruzcampo and Amstel beers.
President of Heineken Spain Richard Weissend announced the investment on Friday, alongside the launch of a limited-edition Christmas Cruzcampo beer.
Work will begin this week at the site and is expected to be completed in May 2018. The new line will have the capacity to produce 60,000 cans of beer an hour, in 33cl and 50cl formats.
Weissend said that the investment will increase production at the site by more than 10%, ensuring the future of the Jaén facility.
“2018 is going to be a historic year for Heineken in Jaén,” he said. “The group will invest €6.4 million in a new canning line, which constitutes a firm commitment to a format that doesn’t stop growing.”
Alongside Jaén, Heineken also has Spanish plants in Sevilla, Madrid and Valencia. Heineken Spain director of corporate relations Jorge Paradela said that the Jaén site has gone from producing 800,000 to 1 million hectolitres in less than three years. Currently 110 people are employed at the facility.
To celebrate 35 years of Cruzcampo beer, 1.12 million bottles of a special Christmas edition will be produced from the plant in Jaén.
© FoodBev Media Ltd 2018
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