Brewery offers more beer and fewer trucks

2015-09-24 06:00

Castle Lite is lagered at -2.5C°, served at -4C° and packaged with South Africa’s first thermochromatic temperature indicator, taking beer drinking to a whole new level of enjoyment.

This beer now for the first time, is brewed at Ibayi Brewery, the South African Breweries’ plant in Perseverance. A R80 million new Castle Lite production line was officially launched at the plant last week.

This contributed to Ibayi Brewery being the most productive brewery globally.

The project, which was signed off at the beginning of 2015, was brought about by an increase in distribution costs as well as the growth of the demand for the Castle Lite brand in the region.

According to Brian Versveld, Ibayi Brewery Manufacturing Manager, the brewery runs 24/7, 365 days a year to satisfy the demand for SAB products. The new production line produces a total of 50 000 bottles of Castle Lite per hour, which will also create employment opportunities thus contributing positively to the local economy.

“We now brew more than 2 million hectolitres (1 hl equals 100 litres). Last year we were able to brew 1.8 million hl.

The new production line means that consumers in the Eastern Cape will get to taste a Castle Lite which is brewed and bottled in their backyard at a quick turnaround time.

“The new production line also resulted in 1 640 truck loads no longer having to transport Castle Lite into the Eastern Cape province,” said Versveld.

The Ibayi Brewery supplies the coastal region which includes East London, George and Umtata all the way up to Aliwal North

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