St Austell opens new distribution depot

St Austell Brewery has opened a new 40,000sq ft Bristol-based storage and distribution depot, creating at least seven new jobs in the area.

The new Avonmouth depot, which the company said would “bolster its position as the South West’s leading wholesaler and supplier of beer, wine and spirits”, is the result of a decision to combine St Austell’s existing 14,000sq ft distribution facility with Bath Ales logistics teams, into a larger and more accessible site.

Meanwhile, work continues on the construction of the company’s multi-million pound Hare Brewery investment at the Bath Ales site in Warmley, which is due for completion in May 2018.

Kevin Andrews, head of supply chain, said: “Once work started on the new brewhouse to double the capacity of the Bath Ales output it was obvious that there would not be adequate space for storage and distribution at Hare House, so it gave us the perfect opportunity to find a bigger and better site to merge the Bath Ales distribution with the existing St Austell Avonmouth distribution team.”

The new Avonmouth depot forms part of a wider strategic move by St Austell Brewery to improve its logistics network and increase its South West coverage.

Andrews added: “As a company we have a group barrelage target of 170,000 brewer’s barrels by 2020. With double digit growth in the Bristol area and now with a larger distribution centre to work from, we are well on our way to achieving that and another step closer to securing our position as the regional brewer and supplier of choice for the South West.”

The new depot will be managed by Tom Abrahams, who joined St Austell Brewery earlier in 2017.