De Brabandere, headquartered in Bavikhove, in West Flanders, is one of Belgium’s larger independent, family-owned breweries. Albert De Brabandere, who took over the brewery from his father in 2017 and is now the fifth generation to lead it, has undertaken a rigorous capital expenditure program from the beginning.
- In his first year at the helm, he had Krones install a new, 35,000-bph returnable-glass line. The new line features a Varioline packaging system to accommodate the growing diversity of packaging.
- In early 2020, he invested in five additional cylindroconical fermenting and maturation tanks, which increased the brewery’s capacity to 300,000 hectoliters.
- And then, in mid-2020, De Brabandere commissioned a turnkey canning line from Krones. Because the new line was to be installed in an existing warehouse, a new 1,500-square-meter warehouse for filled and packaged products had to be constructed in parallel – no easy task under pandemic restrictions.