Big Rock Brewery is targeting British Columbia for future growth

Big Rock Brewery is targeting British Columbia for future growth

Big Rock Brewery has announced plans to set up a second brewery in Canada.

The Alberta-based company said late yesterday (5 September) that it is looking for a facility in British Columbia, to “ensure full participation in the incredibly vibrant craft beer scene” in the western province. Big Rock hopes to have a brewery operating in the province within a year, and has pegged up to CAD2m (US$) to spend on the facility.

The investment will come from Big Rock's existing, unused credit facility and operating cash flows.

“We expect to not only brew some of our existing beers but also to develop new beers that will be specific to, and exclusive in, British Columbia,” said president & CEO Robert Sartor. “A brewery in the lower mainland will allow us to have fresh, local beer in market, significantly lower transportation costs and ensure full participation in the incredibly vibrant craft beer scene in B.C."

Big Rock also said yesterday that it has added Jay Peters to its board of directors. Peters is currently chairman of the Stanley Thompson Society.

Last month, the brewer saw net profits in the first half of this year fall markedly, with sales also struggling in the period.


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