New brewery plans for H&W

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Dorset brewer and pub operator Hall & Woodhouse is to build a new brewery to replace the Victorian brewhouse at its Blandford St Mary site. The...

Dorset brewer and pub operator Hall & Woodhouse is to build a new brewery to replace the Victorian brewhouse at its Blandford St Mary site.

The investment decision follows the sale of the company's Panda and Popzone brands to Nicholls for £5.5m at the start of the year.

Managing director David Woodhouse said: 'Following our exit from soft drinks, we now have the opportunity to establish a new brewery incorporating all the latest technology.

'Our existing brewery was built in 1899 and has served the company well, but a new brewery will enhance both our brewing capability and our competitiveness in the marketplace.

Plans for the new brewery are currently being formulated and Woodhouse pointed out that it was 'very early days. The issue is to be discussed at a board meeting in September, and a final decision is expected around the end of the year.

Woodhouse added: 'At the moment we are exploring all the options and obviously one of the key decisions will be what the capacity is going to be. That's not something we've taken a decision on yet.

Meanwhile, H&W has promised a 'major consultation with local people in the coming months about proposed developments at its current brewery.

The plan is to convert the brewery building for residential use, and redevelop much of the existing warehouse for retail use.

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