St Austell Brewery has announced the opening of a new 40,000 sq ft storage and distribution depot near Bristol.

As work continues on the construction of the company’s multi-million pound Hare Brewery investment at the Bath Ales site in Warmley – due for completion next May – the decision was taken to combine St Austell Brewery’s existing 14,000 sq ft distribution facility in the area and the Bath Ales logistics teams into a larger and more accessible site in Avonmouth.

Head of supply chain, Kevin Andrews, 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.”

With increased stockholding and improved service operations, 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 with extensive experience in similar roles at Gregory Distribution and at Heineken.