A Suffolk brewer has signalled its intention to build a new state-of-the-art £40million brewery. 

Greene King has unveiled plans to construct a new facility next to its distribution centre at Suffolk Park in Bury St Edmunds.

The move, which is slated for completion in 2027, will see its brewing operations move from the current Westgate Brewery when it is completed. 

East Anglian Daily Times: The new brewery would cost £40millionThe new brewery would cost £40million (Image: Greene King)

Nick Mackenzie, chief executive officer at Greene King, said: “Brewing in Bury St Edmunds is a core part of Greene King’s DNA.

"This investment represents a further and significant ongoing commitment to our brewing operations in a town which has such a rich and storied connection with our business and with brewing.

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"As we seek to make our operations more sustainable, our new brewery will future proof our ability to brew our much-loved brands, as we create a thriving modern hospitality business.

The proposed new brewery will form part of the company's wider transformation programme and improve the sustainability of its operation.

Per pint, water usage in the brewing process will be reduced by more than 50%, alongside significant improvements in energy efficiency.

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Matt Starbuck, managing director of brewing and brands at Greene King, said: “We have been brewing in Bury St Edmunds for over 200 years.

"We are passionate about our craft and the development of this state-of-the-art facility will allow us to maintain brewing at the core of our business going forwards.

"We are excited by the opportunity that this affords and the chance to invest in innovation and the development of our world-class beer portfolio.”

Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St Edmunds, said: “Greene King is at the heart of our Bury St Edmunds community, and has been for more than two centuries.

"Building a modern, more sustainable brewery that looks to the future will bring many benefits.

"It is brilliant to see the company commit to the future of its operations in the town and surrounding areas, supporting hundreds of jobs and maintaining the town’s heritage as a pillar of British brewing.”

Councillor Cliff Waterman, leader of West Suffolk Council, added: "Greene King has been an integral part of Bury St Edmunds for more than 200 years, and it is fantastic to see their continued commitment to the town through the proposal for a state-of-the-art new brewery that will future proof their brewing operations for many years to come.”