Molson Coors Beverage Co has announced plans to invest around £100 million in its UK brewery and drinks network over the next five years.

According to the brewer, the programme of investment and infrastructure upgrades will “improve capabilities and introduce greater efficiencies” across its UK network, as well as support sustainability plans.

Activity includes investments to improve brewing capacity and packaging capability at its Burton-on-Trent and Tadcaster breweries, including a high-speed canning line. It will also see investment in the Sharp’s Brewery in Rock, Cornwall, to support new and existing cask ale brands such as Doom Bar, Solar Wave Hazy and Twin Coast.

Fraser Thomson, chief supply chain officer, Western Europe, at Molson Coors Beverage Co, said: “This plan is an investment in our future, giving our people and our brands the tools to fulfil our potential in the UK market while making strong progress against our sustainability targets.

“As a business, we have continued to invest in the UK throughout the challenges caused by the pandemic and this further investment underscores our long-term commitment to the UK and the local communities where we operate.

“This is a landmark moment in our history as we evolve to meet the demands of our growing portfolio and bring new innovations in the years ahead, while continuing to reduce the impact our business has on the environment.”

Sustainability measures in the UK include goals to reach carbon net zero in its direct (scopes 1 and 2) emissions in the UK by 2035.

Last year, the company announced plans to invest £10 million in its Tadcaster brewery.