The French unit of Heineken is set to invest EUR10m (US$13.8m) in one of its breweries in France.

The facility, located in Schiltigheim in the north-east of the country, will benefit from the spend over the next three years. The investment programme will comprise rinsing equipment, production automation, cooling process optimisation and the launch of new packaging lines, Heineken France told just-drinks earlier this week.

In 2010, the plant benefited from a EUR16m makeover focusing on modernising its production facilities.

The Schiltigheim brewery employs almost 200 staff and produces four brands - Heineken, Pelforth, Desperados and Affligem. It also houses departments specialising in innovation engineering, quality and technology.

The new investment coincides with the re-launch of Heineken's Fischer brand in France, with Schiltigheim the only one of the group's three French breweries to produce it.

Separately, Heineken is investing EUR2.4m at its plant in Marseille with the installation of three brewing tanks.