Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Co (CMBC) plans to sell the Eagle Brewery, in Bedford, to its long-term partner, the Spanish brewer SA Damm.
The brewery will become Damm’s first outside of mainland Europe, and only the second Damm brewery outside of Spain. The sale is expected to complete by the end of the year.
As part of the agreement, the Eagle Brewery’s beers will remain part of CMBC’s portfolio, ranging from world beers Birrificio Angelo Poretti and Brooklyn Pilsner to British ale brands Hobgoblin and Wainwright.
CMBC and Damm have enjoyed a long, successful partnership distributing Estrella Damm, with the UK being one of Estrella Damm’s key export markets. Much of the partnership’s activity has taken place at the Eagle Brewery, where Estrella Damm has been packaged for the UK market since 2010.
All 67 workers at the Eagle Brewery will transfer over to Damm’s workforce in the UK and will be supported by CMBC through the transition. CMBC’s logistics operation in Bedford will continue from its current location on the site for around the next 12 months, before moving to a new location.