Samlesbury Brewery brews its 20 billionth pint

Samlesbury Brewery in Preston has celebrated the production of its 20 billionth pint.

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AB InBev-owned Samlesbury Brewery has been producing premium beers including Stella Artois and Budweiser for more than 40 years, producing enough beer to fill nearly 5,000 Olympic sized swimming pools during that time.

More than 260 employees work on site, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 363 days a year and produces up to 3.5m bottles, 1.7m cans and 17,000 kegs in a single day.

Neil Nersesian, manager of AB InBev’s Samlesbury Brewery, said: “Producing our 20 billionth pint is a great milestone for the whole brewery team and is a testament to their hard work and commitment. We’re delighted to see many of our friends and colleagues here today, including some of the local businesses that serve our premium beers as well as local representatives."

South Ribble’s Mayor, Councillor Dorothy Gardner, attended Friday’s event and commented: “Today’s event has been a great way to celebrate AB InBev’s ongoing contribution as one of the largest employers in the area..”

The brewery team also created a special 20th billionth pint Stella Artois keg, which will remain on display in the brewery.

As well as the brewery’s operational staff, local councillors, businesses and environmental organisations, representatives from St Catherine’s Hospice, the brewery’s chosen partner charity in 2013, were also in attendance. The brewery has invested more than £2.5m in energy and water saving projects since 2009 and now recycles 99.8% of all its waste. The brewery’s employees have also partnered with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust to dig new habitats for wildlife in Brockholes Nature Reserve.