Beer giant AB InBev to buy craft brewer Camden Town

The Kentish Town based craft brewer, behind produces such as Camden Hells lager and Camden Pale Ale, revealed the acquisition, saying it will pave the way for further expansion

Clare Hutchison
Monday 21 December 2015 14:02
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The tie-up comes just weeks after it was announced that AB InBev is considering selling off another London craft brewer,
The tie-up comes just weeks after it was announced that AB InBev is considering selling off another London craft brewer,

The world’s largest brewer, maker of Stella Artois and Fosters is buying the UK beer company Camden Town Brewery.

The Kentish Town based craft brewer, behind produces such as Camden Hells lager and Camden Pale Ale, revealed the acquisition, saying it will pave the way for further expansion.

The tie-up comes just weeks after it was announced that AB InBev is considering selling off another London craft brewer, Meantime, if its £70 billion takeover of Meantime owner SAB Miller comes off.

Camden Town said becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of AB InBev would support the company’s plan to build a second brewery in the capital.

It recently raised more than £2.75 million in an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube, surpassing a £1.5 million target, to fund expansion.

Founder Jasper Cuppaidge said: “AB InBev is going to be our strategic partner, helping us maintain the character and quality of our beers, while giving us access to the investment we need to drive Camden to being ever more successful at home and abroad.”

Iain Newell, European director of specialities and craft at AB InBev, added: “Camden Town is a creative business with a great range of brands that will complement our existing portfolio.

“We will support their ambitious plans for the future, using our expertise and global distribution network to help them get their great beer to more people.”

Neither company provided financial details of the deal, which is expected to close by January 7.

Camden Town started production in 2010 and now has a team of 95, who helped sell a total of 12 million pints so far this year.

Its beers are available in over 1000 pubs, bars, restaurants and retailers across Britain, as well in Sweden, Australia and Japan.

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