In the 2018 business year, the beverage conglomerate, founded in 1906, recorded some important milestones: in the beer segment, sales exceeded three million hectolitres for the first time – three times as much as eight short years ago.
This soaring growth comes across as even more exciting when viewed against the background of the Spanish beer market as a whole. In 2018, consumption there rose by a “mere” 1.5 per cent. Per-capita consumption is running at 51.8 litres, and with a total figure of 40 million hectolitres has a midfield ranking on a European comparison. In the sparsely populated north-west, the homeland of Hijos de Rivera, a mere 2.5 million hectolitres of beer were drunk.
According to the country’s brewers’ confederation Cerveceros de España, the market is largely divided up among six big conglomerates: Hijos de Rivera ranks fourth, some way behind the top three. Besides these, about 70 smaller firms and craft breweries bring diversity to the Spanish brewing scene.
New brewhouse, new bottling lines
In the summer of 2017, Hijos de Rivera had first of all doubled its brewing capabilities in La Coruña, by installing a second brewhouse. As with the first order, Krones once again supplied the entire kit involved, with a capacity of 700 hectolitres per brew. For lautering, the brewery uses a mash filter, which with a grist of 15 tons ranks among the largest Krones has ever built. This ensures a fast sequence of twelve brews a day and a high yield. The new brewhouse was at the same time the first one from Krones to feature a virtual control system based on Botec F1.