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Brewery group Alken-Maes invests in filling line in Alken

Part of Dutch company Heineken, Alken-Maes has invested EUR 4 million in a new filling line at its Alken site in Flanders. The investment will increase the facility’s capacity from 45,000 to 63,000 bottles per hour. The installation not only boosts production output but also consumes less water.

Beer bottling machine

A smaller ecological footprint

The new, next-generation filler is significantly more efficient than its predecessor. In terms of resource use, major steps forward have been taken, as the filler uses 12 times less water. Per week, the brewery will now save the equivalent of about 7 swimming pools of water.

"As a result of the investments, production volumes are significantly higher, while water consumption is significantly lower,” says Annick Vincenty, CEO of Alken-Maes. "This was a conscious choice to reduce our ecological footprint. In 2018, we joined ‘Green Deal Brouwers’, an initiative of the government of Flanders. Through our participation, we have committed to using water more efficiently.”

There are 156 taps connected to the installation in Alken that fill bottles with popular beers such as Maes, Hapkin and Grimbergen.

Second biggest brewery group

Alken-Maes is responsible for 11% of beer sales in Belgium. After market leader AB InBev, Alken-Maes is the second-largest brewery group in Belgium and Flanders as a region.

The brewery in Alken is the most important facility for Alken-Maes. Last year, it brewed 1.46 million hectoliters of beer, or 442 million 33-centiliter bottles. The group operates smaller breweries in Opwijk and Kobbegem.

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Reported by
Newspaper De Tijd
27 February 2020

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