Heineken is to invest EUR18.5m (US$25.7m) over the next two years at its brewery in Mons-en-Barœul in northern France, the biggest of the three plants it operates in the country.

"The Mons-en-Barœul brewery plays a strategic role in our activities," said the chairman of Heineken France, Pascal Sabrié, adding that the spend focused largely on the entry into service of a new production line. The move will increase annual production capacity by 430,000 hectolitres in 2014 with the creation of 34 jobs.

In 2013, the facility's annual capacity totalled 3.5m hectolitres.

The brewery, which currently employs 264 staff, was the subject of a EUR9.5m investment programme last year.

The investment follows Heineken's announcement late last month that it will spend EUR10m upgrading its facility in Schiltigheim in the north-east of the country.