Thornbridge adds capacity on back of exports surge

04 November, 2013

Jaipur IPA brewer Thornbridge is scaling up production at its plant in Bakewell, Derbyshire, in response to rising export sales.

The company expanded production capability by 30% in 2012 and is now adding more brewing vessels to increase capacity again.

Managing director Jim Harrison (pictured with chief executive Simon Webster) said that export sales of Thornbridge’s beers are running at almost nine times what they were a year ago, sparking the extra investment.

“It’s great to see our beers being enjoyed across the world,” said Harrison. “We began exporting small quantities of bottled and keg beers about three years ago to a couple of countries but we now export to around 20 with the US, Sweden and Italy our major markets.”

Webster added: “I can’t see us expanding production beyond this next increase, so we will continue to build a worldwide reputation based on the quality of our beers not ubiquitous supply”.

Thornbridge started brewing in 2005 from a 10-barrel plant in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall in the Peak District and moved to a purpose-built site in Bakewell four years ago.

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