Utopian Brewing appoint Head Brewer, Jeremy Swainson, to the main board.
In his most recent update to shareholders, Utopian’s Managing Director Richard Archer announced the appointment of Head Brewer Jeremy Swainson to the main board of Directors.
Announcing the appointment Archer commented,
“Jeremy joined the business at the very start and throughout those five years he has made a massive contribution to the business and been a constant support to me. Jeremy’s brewing knowledge is outstanding, his work ethic first class and he provides inspirational leadership to the brewing team. That is what underpins the consistent, exceptional quality of our beer, but his talents extend past the brewing process. He has a keen interest and awareness of our industry and has a huge amount of value to add, right across the business. That’s why I was excited to invite him to join the board, and even more delighted when he accepted.”
Swainson joins the Board as Director of Brewing and Production alongside founding MD Archer and three long serving non-executives who collectively provide a wealth of industry experience spanning both small and large businesses.
Commenting on his appointment, Swainson said
“The past five years have been an incredible experience, helping to grow our team and developing our range of beers. It is a privilege to work for a brewery where beer quality and sustainability underpin everything we do, and I am thrilled to play a part in Utopians’ continued growth”.
Archer went on to provide a business update, along with some exciting developments of the brewery’s sustainability program.
On sustainability he reported that in August the team completed the installation of a Dalum CO₂ capture system which, together with earlier investments in Nitrogen generation, has now made the brewery completely self-sufficient in CO₂.
Commenting on this major milestone, Archer said,“Until fairly recently, capture of CO₂ from fermentation, for re-use in production, was the domain of only the largest brewers. This Dalum unit makes it accessible to operations like ours and we think it’s a game changer. It is not simply the reduction in emissions. Our unit will also deliver considerable net savings on utility expenditure whilst giving us total insulation against any supply side risks like those seen in 2022. Great for the planet and good for the P&L too. A genuine win-win”
Utopian are totally committed to building a sustainable future and Archer also updated on the final commissioning of their biological waste water plant in recent weeks. This six-figure investment, that has taken over 18 months to complete, will ultimately process all of the brewery’s waste-water to final effluent standard.
“Finally, after a somewhat tortuous journey, we are delighted that the bio waste-water plant is now on stream. Disposing of wastewater in an off grid rural site is a massive challenge, expensive, and a source of considerable CO₂ emissions, so removing all of those in one hit will provide very significant benefits both to the business and to the environment. The combined impact of these two initiatives is forecast to be a reduction of 35 tonnes of CO2e.”