Bevcraft Group Boosting Headcount with International Expansion

€1m investment to support growth to 20 jobs over the next 18 – 24mts.

The Bevcraft Group is delighted to announce that it has opened a new warehouse and office facility in the UK to support the continued international growth of the business. This move coincides with a doubling of its capacity in Ireland and brings total investment to date to over €1m.

The company was established in 2016 in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath under the “Irish Craft Canning” brand to provide an on-demand mobile contract canning service to the rapidly growing Irish craft beer sector.

This service was one of the first of its kind in Europe and has helped accelerate a rapid transition by craft brewers to cans. By eliminating all capital, equipment, stocking and staffing factors, the service enabled the number of craft breweries in Ireland offering cans to grow from 3 to over 60 in under three years.
Cans are both infinitely recyclable and easily transported which makes them perfect for safeguarding the environment and at the same time creating new export opportunities for local craft beverage producers.

In addition to canning, the Bevcraft Group has developed specialist can shrink sleeving and wholesale services under the “Packsource.ie” brand which has made it one of the largest independent processers of cans in Ireland and the UK with volumes expected to hit 3.5m units this year.

The business has from the outset sought out international opportunities and today 10% of sales come from markets such as the UK, Norway and Switzerland.

The new UK facility is strategically located in St. Helen’s less than half an hour from both Liverpool and Manchester and will enable efficientt fulfilment of orders throughout the UK as well as to ensure supply chain stability for Irish producers in the event of complications arising from Brexit.

The business was established by Darren Fenton and Ciarán Gorman in Mullingar as a means of creating interesting and meaningful employment in their hometown and at the same time providing a useful service for an industry that they are passionate about.

Ciarán Gorman, Finance Director, Bevcraft Group notes the impact of craft beer on the regional economy:

“Local craft breweries such as Dead Centre Brewing in Athlone, 12 Acres Brewing in Laois and St. Mel’s Brewing in Longford are increasingly important in driving tourism, exports and quality jobs into the midlands – there are very few sectors where it is possible to create such interesting businesses and jobs in literally every corner of Ireland.”

The Bevcraft Group today employs 11 people and anticipates that headcount will grow towards 20 people over the coming 18 – 24mts as the €1m investment made to date allows it to continue to grow sales and develop new services. Most roles will be based at the companies Mullingar HQ.

Commenting on the importance of the Bevcraft Group’s expansion into the UK in light of Brexit, Darren Fenton, Sales & Operations Director said:

“We’ve been supported by passionate and talented brewers across Ireland who are today producing some of the very best craft beer in Europe. It is imperative for the whole industry that we continue to grow the Bevcraft Group to ensure supply chains are protected and new opportunities and services can be developed for the sector.”

The Bevcraft Group has financed most of its investment to date with the backing of the Directors, the Local Enterprise Office Westmeath and AIB and is partnered with companies in the USA, UK, Norway and New Zealand for continued technical development.