Davenports Brewery, established in 1829, has invested £250,000 in new brewing equipment and digitisation at its head office in Birmingham.
Pictured, left to right, as the investment is announced: Cen Hayward, Myles Hennelly, John Spellar MP, Paran Sandhu, Baron Wayne Davenport, and Ian Robinson
The investment will increase production and consistency, and help with energy costs, while having a positive impact on the company’s carbon footprint. The installation of the new equipment and the digitisation took 12 weeks and required remedial work to the building.
“In a bid to save money and meet sustainability standards, the new brewing equipment is also fully digitised, which allows us to collect and monitor data to understand and work on energy consumption and savings,” said head brewer Paran Sandhu.
“We were running at capacity with our old equipment, which did not fully satisfy the demand of our own pubs and Beer at Home customers, let alone enquiries and orders from customers of the brewery. The new equipment will help with quality and consistency, and increases our volume capability, which all work towards satisfying demand and growth.”
While the installation process was under way, Davenports’ pubs actually sold-out of its own-label ales. “We’re organising great promotional activity in our pubs to highlight to our valued customers that our ales are back and ready to be enjoyed,” said sales director Cen Hayward. “The pub staff are all very relieved indeed!”
During a visit, local MP John Spellar declared the new equipment launched and ready for brewing, unveiling a plaque in honour of the occasion. He said: “Davenports’ ale had a guest spot in the prestigious Strangers’ Bar at the House of Commons, and within days it sold out. It was incredibly popular and is a fine example of the brand’s appeal across the country.”