Badger brewer to open new site by autumn

By Anne Bruce

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Badger brewer to open new site by autumn
Independent brewer Hall & Woodhouse will move into a new brewery at the end of the year, allowing it to significantly increase production volumes in a bid to build on a 2010 turnover of £90m.

Md Anthony Woodhouse told FoodManufacture.co.uk that the firm's new modern premises, just 150 yards from its existing brewery, would allow for greater flexibility and production volumes.

The Blandford company, which produces Badger brand ales, planned to grow all three parts of its business- export, on-trade and off-trade, he said.

“We already export all over the world, but plan to develop that side of the business, while at the same time continuing to expand on-trade and off-trade sales.”

Turnover for the 2010/11 financial year to January 31 was £90m, and the current year was off to a strong start he said. “It is very early days and we are summer dependent, but we are pleased so far and expect to be ahead on turnover next year.”

£65m refinancing deal

Hall & Woodhouse recently completed a £65m bank refinance with Barclays Corporate in Bristol which will help it continue to expand, Woodhouse said, where it covers existing facilities "with headroom".

He said the company had been in the same brewery since 1900 and with the old building “creaking​” said it would be redeveloped for housing after the move.

“The new building is rising from the ground at the moment and building will be complete in autumn, with the switchover scheduled for the end of the year,” ​he said.

Hall & Woodhouse employs more than 1,500 staff, and has more than 260 tenanted and managed pubs along the south coast from Devon to Kent.

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