The new state of the art Brewhouse at Farsons Brewery was inaugurated on Thursday by the President of Malta Dr George Abela and blessed by Archbishop Paul Cremona in the presence of Farsons Group Chairman Mr Louis A Farrugia and Farsons Group Chief Executive Officer Mr Norman Aquilina.
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the Acting Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Minister for Finance, Economy and Investment and a number of guests connected to the brewing industry from overseas.
The €12.5 million project is the final phase of an €40 million investment consisting of three capital projects that included a Soft Drink Packaging Centre and a Logistics Centre inaugurated in 2008. Construction of the new Brewhouse started in July 2010 and was completed in 24 months.
The new Brewhouse is a modern building with copper cladding, and incorporates a natural ventilation system, rain water harvesting and temperature insulation. Apart from the brewing plant, the building also houses a malt-handling and storage system, a rain water reservoir, a laboratory and offices. The new energy-efficient Brewhouse has been designed to cope with Farsons’ future brewing requirements with further improved quality, productive capabilities and cost efficiencies, thereby ensuring competitiveness in an ever-changing international market scenario.
In his address at the inauguration ceremony, Mr Louis A Farrugia, Farsons Group Chairman, said that the ability of a business enterprise to re-imagine its future and to re-engineer its operations accordingly, is of paramount importance, particularly in today’s dynamic and competitive world. “A willingness to embrace change and to make bold strides forward are an intrinsic part of the entrepreneurial culture of the Farsons Group.
“Since our inception, when we produced our very first brew, our beers have become an intrinsic, and highly appreciated, part of Malta’s way of life. To make great beers however, one needs a great brewery and the fact that we are here today, having reached another major milestone, is surely testament to our determination to look ahead, to invest in the quality of our beers and to shape our future, time and time again.”
“The project is outstanding on many counts; the scale of the investment itself is significant. The level of technology now available to us, with world-latest brewing processes and systems is remarkable. Also noteworthy are the building’s environmental and efficiency aspects,” continued Mr Farrugia.