Moa signs deal to use Nelson brewery

By Holly Ryan

Moa boss Geoff Ross says scale drives brewing efficiency. Photo / Greg Bowker
Moa boss Geoff Ross says scale drives brewing efficiency. Photo / Greg Bowker

Moa Group has done a deal with Mac's brewery founder and Stoke brewers the McCashin family, in a move that will see it use the McCashin's Brewery in Nelson to further its expansion.

Moa, which has been contract brewing at the McCashin's site since late last year, has signed a long-term contract that will see all its high-volume production move to the McCashin brewery, while its specialty brews remain at their home brewery in Blenheim.

Chief executive Geoff Ross said the partnership would allow Moa to fulfil higher demand at lower cost.

"We get the brewing scale we require, in a timely fashion and without significant demands on capital expenditure. The major benefit of this model is scale and scale drives brewing efficiency," Ross said.

He described the move as similar to production methods often seen among craft breweries overseas where beer would be brewed at different breweries.

McCashin's operations manager, Dean McCashin, said the family-owned business was pleased to be able to help support fellow craft brewers to achieve their business and growth goals.

Talks are continuing to try to expand the Moa brewing facilities in Blenheim.

Ross said he was confident the company would be able to find a satisfactory result by the end of the year, but the partnership with McCashin's Brewery would help initially.

Moa confirmed in April that it had successfully achieved its volume target of 136,000 cases (3.67 million bottles) for the 2014 financial year.

Shares in Moa were unchanged yesterday at 62c.

- APNZ

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