Marston’s predicts that its packaged business will continue to grow by 10% year-on-year both through its own brands and in contract bottling. Currently one in four premium bottled ales sold in the UK is brewed by Marston’s.
The company said the new line is more energy efficient, more economical to run, whilst providing a more flexible facility for smaller bottle runs, different labelling and packaging formats.
Richard Westwood, managing director of Marston’s Brewing Company, said: "At a time when Marston’s beers feature in one in four premium bottled beers in the UK, this investment was a move to future-proof our business.
"The new line requires less energy, allows us greater flexibility for our bottled beer portfolio and contract services as well as bringing employment to the town with 17 new jobs."