Carlsberg is bucking the trend for factory closures and job losses in British food and drink manufacturing by investing in its UK production facilities.
The beer producer, whose Carlsberg brand is the fastest-growing take-home mainstream lager in the UK with sales surging by 63% in the last year [ACNielsen/Scantrack/volume MAT/year to May 14, 2005], has announced it is investing £13m in a high-speed canning line at its Joshua Tetley brewery in Leeds, creating 24 jobs.
This will add to the 60,000 bottles-per-hour line currently being installed as a £10m investment. The can line, which will have the capacity to produce 90,000 cans an hour, is due to come on line by early next year in time for the 2006 football World Cup.
Carlsberg’s commitment to its UK production facilities follows a series of factory closures and job losses in UK food and drink manufacturing.
Earlier this year Hovis bread group RHM announced it would close its Hull facility, leading to a possible loss of 41 jobs.
Mars producer Masterfoods will close one of its Slough-based factories and soft drinks and canned foods giant Princes said it would cut 200 jobs.
Gert Peterson, director of production at Carlsberg UK, said: “This is a significant investment in the UK and provides a strong message that our brands are in demand and we are meeting the necessary requirements to increase our capacity.”
Sonya Hook