Anheuser-Busch InBev will use the Tasmanian facility as a craft beer hub for the Asia Pacific region

Anheuser-Busch InBev will use the Tasmanian facility as a craft beer hub for the Asia Pacific region

Anheuser-Busch InBev's Australian unit has announced a AUD10.3m (US$8m) overhaul of its Tasmanian brewing facility, as it looks to make the site a "craft brewing hub" for Asia Pacific.

The company said yesterday that CUB's Cascade brewery, located in the capital of the island state, Hobart, will see a 65% increase in annual production. The upgrade has been backed by the Tasmanian Government, via a AUD1m contribution.

CUB said the upgrade will "expand craft brewing options" with experimental beers for Australia and the Asia Pacific region. 

CUB CEO Jan Craps described Tasmania as having a "world-renowned reputation for clean food and drink". 

"We are thrilled that Cascade will become CUB's craft brewing hub for the Asia Pacific region. It is testimony to our long-term confidence in Cascade, Hobart and Tasmania," added Craps.

At the same time, the company named Anita Holdsworth as Cascade's new brewery manager. Holdsworth will oversee Cascade's upgrade and "craft brewing vision".

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