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Breaking: New Belgium to Purchase Constellation Manufacturers’ Manufacturing Facility in Daleville, Virginia; Will Add 125K Barrels of Capability for Voodoo Ranger

Anticipate extra Voodoo Ranger beers to flood the market. New Belgium Brewing has struck an settlement to amass the Daleville, Virginia-based manufacturing facility Constellation Manufacturers inbuilt 2017.

The 259,000 sq. ft. facility can produce beer, flavored malt drinks (FMBs) and spirits-based, ready-to-drink (RTD) canned cocktails. Bringing the Daleville facility on-line will add 125,000 barrels of beer capability to New Belgium’s output throughout the subsequent 12 months, a New Belgium spokesperson instructed Brewbound.

With the added capability, New Belgium plans to give attention to Voodoo Ranger Juice Power IPA and “its high-velocity 2023 sequel Fruit Power IPA,” the corporate mentioned in a press launch.

New Belgium’s 2022 barrelage is anticipated to achieve 1.2 million in 2022, New Belgium CEO Steve Fechheimer instructed Brewbound earlier this 12 months. The brewery’s quantity elevated +11%, to 1,080,000 barrels in 2021, the newest 12 months for which knowledge is out there from the Brewers Affiliation (BA).

The deal, for which monetary particulars weren’t disclosed, is predicted to shut in early Might. No manufacturers are included within the transaction.

All 60 facility workers shall be supplied continued employment “at equal or larger pay than earlier than,” New Belgium mentioned in a press launch.

“For a corporation rising as quick as New Belgium, there’s no problem extra pressing than boosting our capacity to make sufficient beer to satisfy rising demand,” Fechheimer mentioned within the launch. “We’re excited to hitch the Daleville group, and we’re assured this facility and its native staff will assist us gasoline our progress for the foreseeable future. We enormously admire the partnership we’ve seen from distributors and retailers over the previous a number of months as we’ve labored to discover a resolution.”

New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger household has propelled it to sky-high progress in recent times, and the corporate’s breweries in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Asheville, North Carolina, have begun to “method the bounds of our present brewing capability,” a New Belgium spokesperson instructed Brewbound.

In December, Reuters reported that Kirin was looking for extra brewing capability within the U.S. for extra manufacturing of the Voodoo Ranger manufacturers. “Our craft beer enterprise in North America is on a roll,” CEO Yoshinori Isozaki instructed Reuters on the time.

Within the first two months of 2023, New Belgium and sister model Bell’s Brewery – each owned by the Lion Little World Drinks subsidiary of Japanese brewing large Kirin – are the eighth largest beer class vendor in off-premise retailers tracked by market analysis agency Circana (previously IRI). The breweries’ greenback gross sales have elevated +14.9% and quantity, measured in case gross sales, has elevated +8.8%, in comparison with the primary two months of 2022.

A lot of that progress comes from New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger household of IPAs, which incorporates six of the highest 30 craft manufacturers tracked by Circana.

New Belgium will contract produce some Constellation choices on the facility, together with the Fresca Combined RTD line, as a part of a “multi-year deal,” a spokesperson mentioned. Contract manufacturers aside from Fresca Combined weren’t disclosed.

“One of many keys to our success is bringing a centered and disciplined method to our beer enterprise, making key strategic pivots when the circumstances warrant it,” Constellation Beer Division president Jim Sabia mentioned within the launch. “We’re happy that New Belgium Brewing will be capable to extra absolutely optimize the Daleville facility’s footprint and are assured they are going to place the prevailing proficient workforce for extra future success.”

Constellation Manufacturers opened the $48 million facility in 2017 as an East Coast manufacturing hub for Ballast Level, which it owned on the time. In 2019, with Ballast Level manufacturing quantity declining, it closed the web site’s taproom. Months after that announcement, Constellation Manufacturers – which counts Mexican imports Modelo, Constellation and Pacifico as its beer class bread and butter – bought Ballast Level to then little-known Kings & Convicts however maintained the Daleville facility to provide various alcoholic drinks in addition to Two Lane Lager, which it produces in collaboration with nation singer Luke Bryan.

New Belgium doesn’t plan to function a taproom on the brewery as soon as it takes possession.

Editor’s be aware: this story was up to date at 1:30 p.m. ET on March 23 to mirror corrected barrelage data as offered by a spokesperson.



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