Molson Coors recently broke ground in the City of Longueuil for what will be the company’s most modern brewing facility and distribution center to date. The new brewery and distribution center is one of the largest investments in Molson Coors’ 230-year history in Canada and demonstrates its ongoing commitment to Greater Montreal.
For Frederic Landtmeters, president and CEO, Molson Coors Canada, this project connects the company’s storied past to the industry’s future.
“Molson Coors Canada is the oldest continuously operating brewer in North America, and Canada’s second oldest company,” said Landtmeters. “I’m confident that this new integrated distribution center and brewery will enable the company to support more efficiently Quebec’s direct store delivery model, to meet the challenging demands of Quebec markets and remain competitive.”
“The project will be our most modern and forward-looking production facility and distribution center,” added Matthew Hook, chief supply chain officer, Molson Coors Canada. “The new brewery will be equipped with improved technologies that will allow us to reduce our energy consumption, CO2 emissions and carbon footprint, such as optimized equipment layouts to reduce beer loss and waste, and a state-of-the-art CO2 recovery system.”
“Molson’s arrival is a milestone in Longueuil’s business history and proves without any doubt that our city has established itself as a partner of choice for a company of this magnitude, while also serving as a testament to our economic vitality,” said Longueuil Mayor Sylvie Parent.
The location, with an area of more than 140 acres, offers access to high quality water, highways, ports, Hydro-Québec services, natural-gas conduits, as well as a nearby wastewater treatment plant. As such, it meets all of the essential criteria for modern brewing operations.
Molson Coors Canada will seek LEEDS certification for the facility, which is consistent with the brewer’s drive for optimal performance standards related to sustainability and respect for the environment. It will be one of the few certified industrial sites in Canada.
The new plant will be the most integrated and agile operation within Molson Coors Canada. It will service the local domestic market and be capable of producing the company’s portfolio of beer and non-beer brands, in bottles, cans and kegs.