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Carlsberg is to increase capacity at its biggest European brewer with a EUR100m (US$117m) investment.

Carlsberg inherited Kronenbourg when it partnered with Heineken to buy Scottish & Newcastle in 2008

Carlsberg inherited Kronenbourg when it partnered with Heineken to buy Scottish & Newcastle in 2008

The move, announced today, will also modernise the Kronenbourg 1664 brewery in Obernai, France, and improve health and safety, Carlsberg said. Details on the capacity expansion were not available, although a Carlsberg spokesperson told just-drinks that current capacity at the site is 7m hectolitres per year.

"The next few weeks will be devoted to defining in detail the contours of this ambitious project," the spokesperson added.

According to Carlsberg, Kronenbourg has performed well since the company bought it from Scottish & Newcastle in 2008 in a deal with Heineken. Kronenbourg's wheat variant, 1664 Blanc, grew its volumes by 55% in the first half of 2018. The Obernai brewery produces Kronenbourg as well as other Carlsberg brands.

"We are proud of our position as the leading French brewer and of the impressive growth of Kronenbourg 1664 inside as well as outside of France," said Carlsberg CEO Cees 't Hart. "In order to continue to grow, we need to invest. Today's announcement is a testament to our shared values and promising growth opportunities."

The announcement was made as French president Emmanuel Macron visited the Carlsberg brewery during a trip to Copenhagen.

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Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: Carlsberg

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