South Australian brothers Tim, Pete and Michael Collin, the long-term majority shareholders of McLaren Vale Beer Company, have bought out former shareholders, Greg Mackay and Mark Rodgers, now making the company 100 per cent family owned.
“It’s an exciting new chapter in our short seven year history that will enable us to set the long term direction of the business and secure the future of this great Australian company,” says Tim on behalf of the Collin brothers.
With the change comes a new name, Vale Brewing, but fans of Vale Ale can rest assured – the quality of Vale’s beer and cider will stay intact.
“Our goal has always been to make great quality, well-crafted beer and cider more readily available to the broader Australian and international market,” says Tim. “We are here for the long haul and are committed to building a sustainable business that can deliver on this goal while making the Vale experience exceptional at all levels of contact with our consumers and suppliers.”
Although under a new name and figure head(s), the company’s operations team will stay put. Group general manager Michael Hanton will continue on as well as head brewer Jeff Wright leading the brewing team.
“Definitely watch this space in 2015,” says Tim, “we have some very exciting projects in the pipeline moving forward.”
Words Lucy Le Masurier