Beer maker Labatt Breweries of Canada is kicking off a CAD$69.2 million (about $54.7 million) project to boost the production capacity and capabilities of its brewery in Edmonton, AB, according to a recent company release.
“We’re proud of our history in Alberta with almost 60 years of brewing beer in Edmonton and serving Albertans across the province,” Kyle Norrington, president of Labatt Breweries of Canada, said in a statement. “As the province continues its post-pandemic recovery, this investment is one more step in the right direction, with new jobs, economic growth, and the type of innovation that continues to make Alberta a great place to live, work, and do business.”
The investment is part of a CAD$119 million capital program that will be carried out over the next year. Labatt said the facility will include new technology and equipment and support new product lines. Along with upgrades to the brewhouse and control room, 30,000 sq ft of warehouse space will be constructed and the company will open a 30,000-sq-ft ready-to-drink building.
“Today, our Alberta team helps us serve 3,000 retail outlets, bars, and restaurants with products that come from 144 suppliers across the province,” said Peter Delamont, general manager of Labatt Edmonton Brewery, in the release. “We are truly Made in Alberta and we’re proud to be able to contribute to our communities and to our province’s economy through this investment.”
25 new jobs will be created at the Edmonton site as a result of the project. Since opening the facility in 1963, Labatt has carried out four major capital investment projects at the site.