Heineken said Red Stripes increased capacity will mainly serve export markets

Heineken said Red Stripe's increased capacity will mainly serve export markets

Heineken is to double production at its Red Stripe brewery in Jamaica as it continues plans to return the beer's production to the country.

The EUR16m (US$18m) expansion, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will add half a million hectolitres to capacity at the Kingston site. The new capacity will equal about 10m cases, up from 5m cases, Heineken said.

The move follows Heineken's announcement that it wants to return Red Stripe production to Jamaica "by the end of this year" in the wake of its acquisition from Diageo. Under Diageo's control, some Red Stripe production was moved to North America.

A Heineken spokesperson told just-drinks that the expanded capacity in Jamaica will mainly serve the export market. Previously, Heineken said it has a plan to make Red Stripe "a truly global brand". 

The brewer released its H1 results last week, shrugging off a "subdued" Q2 to post first-half sales and volumes growth.

CORRECTION: This article was amended on 9 August. The original incorrectly stated that the investment in the new brewery was US$16m instead of EUR16m.

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