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AB InBev invests EUR 55 million in Leuven brewery

Belgian-Brazilian multinational AB InBev has announced an investment of EUR 55 million in its Stella Artois brewery in Leuven (Flanders). The resulting capacity increase of 3 million hectoliters will make the brewery the largest in western Europe.

The existing fermentation and filtration units in Leuven will be expanded and a fourth production line will be added. The works — which start in October and will be completed by early 2017 — will increase the brewery’s capacity by a third, from 9 to 12 million hectoliters — more than the Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoud (the Netherlands).

With this increased capacity, the company aims to meet the growing export demand. Today, no less than 70% of the plant’s production is exported. In an official statement, Eric Lauwers, CEO of AB InBev Benelux and France states: “Stella Artois is the best-selling Belgian beer worldwide, and we are extremely proud of our roots in Leuven, Flanders.”

Reported by
De Tijd
17 September 2015

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