Mayor celebrates Samlesbury Brewery’s 40th anniversary Back to news

20th November 2012

– Mayor celebrates Samlesbury Brewery’s 40th anniversary – 

20 November 2012 – The Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble took part in the celebrations of Samlesbury Brewery’s 40th anniversary today, to honour the brewery’s contribution to the local community.

Mayor Colin Clark and his wife Margaret unveiled a commemorative plaque in front of some of the brewery’s 280 staff, who work together to brew beers including Budweiser and Stella Artois.

Unveiling the plaque, the Mayor said:

“Samlesbury Brewery has been an important part of our local community for 40 years. During that time, the brewery has made a real contribution to our local area, by setting an example in terms of sustainability – among other things by recycling 99.8% of all its waste – and not least by providing skilled jobs for local people. I am very pleased to be a part of the anniversary celebrations.”

The Mayor enjoyed a tour of the brewery along with local councillors Peter Mullineaux and Barrie Yates, and Jill Kirkham, Community Fundraiser at local charity Derian House Children’s Hospice. Earlier this year, as part of the brewery’s ongoing 40th celebrations, a fundraiser was hosted where employees and their families raised nearly £2,000 for the hospice – their chosen charity.

Jill Kirkham commented:

“I am delighted to be here today. Derian House has benefited from the brewery’s and AB InBev’s community engagement, such as the fundraiser they held for us earlier this year, and it is great to get to be here to show our support of them.”

As part of the tour, the guests were shown some of the many changes to the brewery in the past four decades. In recent years its employees have worked hard to turn it into a green and sustainable business, including taking part in energy and water saving schemes to mark World Environment Day and World Water Day. Two local brewery managers, Dave Buck and Peter Kitt, won AB InBev’s 2011 Western Europe award in recognition of their work to improve sustainability. Overall, the brewery has invested nearly £3 million (£2.67m) in energy and water saving projects in the past three years, and it now recycles 99.8% of all its waste.

Celebrating the anniversary, the Company’s UK Environment & Safety Manager, John Wells, said:

”The 40th anniversary is a very important milestone for Samlesbury Brewery, and thanks to the efforts of both past and present employees, it continues to be a great success story. Samlesbury Brewery continues to play an important part in the local community and we take our responsibilities very seriously. We will continue to work hard to be a supportive and sustainable partner.  There is much to celebrate as we look back and a bright future ahead as we work together to achieve our dream: to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World. We’re looking forward with confidence to the next 40 years”

The brewery, which first opened its doors in 1972, now employs almost 300 local people who work together to produce AB InBev’s world famous beers.


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About Samlesbury Brewery


  • Second largest AB InBev brewery in theUK
  • Built in 1972 by Whitbread and this year celebrating its 40thanniversary
    • Site occupies 80 acres (3.24km2)
  • Employs around 280 people
  • Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 363 days a year
  • Brews brands including StellaArtois, Budweiser, Brahma, Bass and Boddingtons
  • Produces kegs, cans & bottles across 4 packaging lines
  • In a single day the site can produce 3.5 million bottles, 1.7 million cans & 17 thousand kegs
  • Produces approximately 2.5 million hectolitres of beer per year (equivalent of more than 440 million pints)
  • £29.3 million pounds has been invested in the site in the last three years

Environmental activity / achievements

Since 2009, Samlesbury Brewery has made significant progress towards becoming a greener business, including:

  • Investing £2.67 million in energy and water saving projects
    • 21% reduction in water consumption
    • 22% reduction in electrical consumption
    • 17% reduction in gas consumption
    • Recycling 99.8% of all waste
  • Installing a new drainage and relining programme to ensure minimum impact on the ground under the brewery
  • Installing a pasteurizer recovery system which will save a significant amount of water in the brewing process
  • Ongoing programme to replaced diesel forklift trucks with units powered by liquid propane gas to improve efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions
  • Replacing old lighting systems with new energy efficient units and increased their on-site storage capacity by the removal of redundant equipment.
  • Building three on-site storage tents to reduce the need for temporarily storing products off-site.  The tents have increased on-site storage by over 8,000 pallets. This has already reduced the number of transport movements by over 900, saving more than 50t of CO2 so far, and this will increase to 2000 by the end of 2012.
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