WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Anheuser-Busch today announced a new capital investment of $10 million into its Williamsburg brewery. The investment will help expand the brewery's packaging operation and other production needs and is part of more than $39 million that has been invested into the facility since 2011.
"The continued investment in our Williamsburg brewery allows us to expand our brewing and production capabilities, as well as make upgrades to increase the energy and water efficiencies of our operation," said Pete Kraemer, vice president of supply and head brewmaster for Anheuser-Busch. "These investments also help support our talented team in Williamsburg, which is committed to carrying on our company's long history of brewing excellence."
The Williamsburg brewery, which opened in 1972, serves the states of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia and the District of Columbia. It produces more than 40 different Anheuser-Busch beers, including the company's flagship brands, Budweiser and Bud Light.
"Today's announcement is another demonstration of Anheuser-Busch's commitment to our brewery, which has been in operation for more than 40 years," said Rick Shippey, general manager of the Anheuser-Busch Williamsburg brewery. "This investment includes the addition of a slim package to one of our existing can lines, which will further enhance our ability to offer new and innovative packages for our consumers."
The Anheuser-Busch Williamsburg brewery remains one of James City County's key employers and contributors to the regional economy. The brewery has also been recognized with several environmental awards this year, including the Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for Energy Conservation and the Most Outstanding Business in Virginia for Excellence in Recycling by the Virginia Recycling Association.
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America's most-popular beers. Starting with the finest, all-natural ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch's family of growers, every batch is carefully crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company's beers lead numerous beer segments and combined hold 47.6 percent share of the U.S. beer market. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 12 local breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.5 billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the global company's largest and most technologically capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and four other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.