A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen is a proud and independent brewer of beer since 1885. All in all, for over 130 years. For by far the majority of those many years, our beer carried the name Vestfyen (West Funen) – and still does, for that matter. Nowadays, however, our portfolio also comprises a wide array of other tasty brands, such as Willemoes, Frejdahl and Jolly Cola.
Though our name may seemingly denote a small and local enterprise, we are actually Denmark's fourth-largest brewery. Our production has been steadily increasing since 1885. Today we produce beer and soft drinks, marketed in a variety of bottles and in cans, for own brands as for private labels. Similarly, we contract manufacture for other breweries. And, moreover, we are one of Denmark's largest brewers of craft beers.
In 2015, we decided to completely eliminate the consumption of environmentally damaging fuel oil from our production of beer and soft drinks. Today, our sole energy source is CO2 neutral biofuel. Here, we are first movers within the Danish brewery industry.
Vestfyen’s overall vision is to develop our position as an acknowledged and well-reputed provider of craft brews, beer and soft drinks based on good workmanship, pride and tradition.
To us, it will not suffice to put a vision down in black and white. It is much more a matter of making an effort to live up to such a vision, every single day. We want to be an acknowledged and well-reputed provider of craft brews, beer and soft drinks. Based on good workmanship, pride and tradition. These are not idle words, they constitute the very basis of our bread and butter.
• We want to be a supplier of note within the field of craft brews in selected markets
• We want to be the preferred supplied of PL production owing to our reliability of delivery, flexibility and quality
• We want to be the preferred supplier of contract manufacturing in Denmark
• We are proud of being able to uphold the provision of the original Danish cola – the Jolly Cola – to consumers and customers.
Environment and accountability are two sides of the same coin.
We take our responsibility towards the environment seriously. Our ambition is to reduce the company’s CO2 emission by 50% before 2020. Our first step towards this goal was our investment in the wood-chip boiler that was taken into use in April 2015. All heating of the production areas now takes place by means of woodchip.
A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen is the very first Danish brewery to use a CO2-neutral heating source – a fact that struck a responsive chord everywhere in Denmark – and abroad, for that matter. We have experienced considerable interest in this, receiving many national and international visitors who are interested in learning more about our alternative heating source.
In addition, we have entered into an energy and climate partnership with our local power company, Energi Fyn, based on an agreement running to 2020 and involving our entire company in an energy- and CO2-saving programme. Likewise, A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen has achieved ecology certification which is in keeping with our focus on environment, climate and responsibility.
The Brewery, A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen, exports several of its brands. Our export is advancing by leaps and bounds, and we expect this development to increase even further, for many years to come.
Here, we focus on our craft brews. This is an area in which the brewery, A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen, has a unique base of experience since, for the last 12 years, we have enjoyed a pronounced positioning in the Danish market.
We have entered into sales and distribution agreements in a number of important markets, yet there are still many markets in which we seek collaborative partners who will be perfect matches for us.
In case you have any questions to our export department, please contact our Head of Exports, Bo Nørgaard Pedersen on firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a call on +45 28 10 36 39.
A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen’s history spans a period of more than 130 years. The brewery started out as a small, local brewhouse – with an assortment of just a couple of different beer types – with local sale constituting its sole basis of existence. In those days, the brewhouse was just one among many small, local breweries in Denmark. Now, it is one of the few independent breweries having survived to this day.
In the course of time, the brewery has experienced major as well as minor changes and adjustments, with respect to products as well as production facilities. In 1916, the brewhouse underwent one of its first major expansions, as the brewhouse was supplemented by a soft-drinks manufacturing plant.
The brewery is still domiciled in the same buildings as then. More have been added, though. Today, we command 25,000 m2 divided into four independent bottling units and ancillary storage buildings, standing on a plot totalling 84,000 m2.
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS OF A/S BRYGGERIET VESTFYEN’S HISTORY
1885 A meeting is held at Postgården (the town inn). 232 shares are subscribed for – most by local townsmen. The brewhouse has now come into existence. 1886 The first continental lager (modelled on Bavarian beer) from Bryggeriet Vestfyen is sent out to the consumers. 1894 The annual production reaches what equals 1.9 million green standard beer bottles. 1899 The brewery’s first refrigerating plant is established. 1906 The first Pilsner sees the light of day. 1916 The share capital is increased, and the brewery’s first soft-drinks manufacturing plant is built. 1955 (approx.) The brewery’s popular strong beer, “Prince Kristian” is launched. Until the marketing of the Willemoes product line of high-quality beer some 50 years later, Prince Kristian was the brewery’s flagship and is, of course, still a member of the classic Vestfyen beer series. 1960 The brewery celebrates its 75-year anniversary. This is, for instance, celebrated by free delivery of soft drinks to local schools. 1975 In the course of the most recent 10 years, sales triples, and thus – in order to continue to meet demands – a renovation of buildings as well as machinery is required. 1981 The share capital is increased from DKK 480,000 to DKK 1.6m. 1995 Yet an increase in the share capital – and the brewery undergoes an extensive expansion. A new bottling unit for standard beer bottles (Tap 2) is added, and new storage facilities are built. 1997 Vestfyen Classic is launched. 2002 Another major expansion. Yet a bottling unit for soft drinks (Tap 3) and ancillary storage facilities are built. 2003 A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen acquires Dansk Coladrik A/S and relaunches the old Danish cola darling, namely the “Jolly Cola”. 2004 The first Willemoes beer is introduced at the Copenhagen Beer Festival, held in May. In June, the first Willemoes varieties – Willemoes Ale and Willemoes Stout – appear on the shelves of the Danish supermarket chain, Coop. 2006 Towards Christmas, the consumers could, for the first time, find the vintage beer label – Willemoes Christmas – on the Coop shelves. 2008 The share capital is expanded by DKK 31.8m. By brewing a special beer, “Willemoes 200 years”, the brewery participates in the event that celebrates the bicentenary of the date of death of fellow-townsman, and a well-known local beer label’s namesake, namely the naval hero, Peter Willemoes. 2009 A new 5000 m2 storage facility is built and a 4.000 m2 concrete-paved courtyard with entrance from Skovvej is established for the purpose of introducing one-way traffic in the yard. These expansions are made necessary by increased demands. 2010 The brewery celebrates its 125-year anniversary by an open-house event comprising festival play by Frøbjerg Festspil, musical entertainment by the local brass band – Assens Harmoniorkester – and folk dance by Assens Folkedansere. Also, this anniversary occasions the launch of a special jubilee beer and a separate section in the local paper, Fyens Stiftstidende. 2011 A new bottling unit (Tap 4) for canned beverages is set up, and another 1,000 m2 of storage facility is built whilst, at the same time, the brewery also acquires the old town sports halls – the Assens Haller. 2013 The brewery launches two entirely new special-brew labels: Støckel and Vestfyen Premium. The latter is intended to contribute to an underlining of Vestfyen’s proficiency within high-quality beer. 2014 The brewery’s soft-drink production changes into non-returnable bottles for the 50cl category. All soft-drink sticky labels are replaced by plastic labels. The Willemoes label celebrates its 10th anniversary by the marketing of a limited special anniversary brew. In the spring, Willemoes moreover launches a gluten-free beer: Willemoes Lager, Gluten Free. Jolly gets a new look, developed in collaboration with the renowned Danish designer, Jim Lyngvild. 2015 A wood-chip burner is put into operation to replace fuel oil. The Brewery Frejdahl comes into existence.
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The Board of the Foundation
Poul Bertelsen, Managing Director, Chairman
Hans Ole Hansen, Gentleman Farmer
Jacob Bjerre, Managing Director
Søren Steen Andersen, Mayor of Assens
Jens Henrik Winther Thulesen Dahl, Deputy Mayor of Assens
Any annual profits made by the foundation – stated pursuant to the Danish Financial Statements Act, added distributable reserves and after the deduction of reserves and a fair consolidation of the foundation – shall be applied for:
The provision of financial support of general charitable and cultural objectives within the West Funen area – primarily for the purposes of promoting children and young people’s opportunities for improving their conditions of life and future opportunities, secondarily for the purposes of contributing to events and cultural activities.
The board has free hands in the assessment as to the application of the amounts available for grants, including the decision as to whether all the foundation’s revenue reserves – or only a part thereof – shall be made available for grants.
How you apply
Every year in the month of March, the foundation inserts an advertisement in the local media that provides further information and states the closing date for applications. If you wish to apply for a grant, your application should be sent to Bryggeriet Vestfyens Fond, Fåborgvej 4, DK-5610 Assens or to the foundation’s administration via email@example.com.
A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen has decided to completely eliminate the consumption of environmentally damaging fuel oil from their production of beer and soft drinks and, instead, apply CO2 neutral biofuel [...]
The foundation, Bryggeriet Vestfyen’s Fond, was set up on 16 June 1998 on the basis of a DKK 300,000 donation from the brewery, A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen. The object of the establishment of this foundation was that of providing support for general charity and for cultural objectives within the area of West Funen. The foundation’s first financial reporting period was from 1-10-2000 to 30-9-2001.
Since then, the foundation has supported a wide selection of generally charitable objectives together with various sports clubs and cultural societies, schools and institutions, private individuals, etc. This was made possible via A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen’s contributions – as, every year, the brewery donates a part of its profits to the foundation.
The foundation is administered by a board of 5 members, comprising: The incumbent mayor of Assens and his first deputy; 2 members of A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen’s board of directors – elected by the general assembly subject to the foundation’s recommendation; and the final member will be supplied by the foundation itself.
The brewery, A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen, backs a number of diverse objectives through sponsorships. We support the élite as well as sporting activities at comprehensive levels and, also, associations activities in general, as we believe that exercise, success, a community spirit and endless positive hours spent together will contribute to enhanced quality of life and surplus energy in everyday life.
We also support events that will put Funen on the map as a lush and active island through our sponsorship of major sports events – such as e.g. the H.C. Andersen Marathon, the Lillebaelt Half Marathon and the cycling classic, Fyen Rundt. Events for the enjoyment and benefit of amateurs as well as elitist athletes – and, not least, for the audience.
Funen attractions such as Den Fynske Opera, Frøbjerg Festspil (festival), and Terrariet i Vissenbjerg (the reptile zoo in Vissenbjerg) are among our long-term sponsorships. Also, we support diverse charities and, over time, we have made donations to the children’s cancer fund, Julemærkehjemmene (a foundation helping obese children) and several local associations.
How you apply
Everybody can apply for a sponsorship from us – including you. Just send an application to A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen, Fåborgvej 4,
DK-5610 Assens or to firstname.lastname@example.org
The brewery, A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen, places great emphasis on providing the company’s shareholders and any other stakeholders with access to information about the brewery’s operations – at all times.
The brewery is interested in a continuous dialogue with the company’s shareholders; and, hence, one of our goals is to maintain a satisfactorily high level of information. Thus, the brewery’s website is continuously updated with respect to investor-related matters.
Openness and transparency are decisive indicators in shareholders’ assessments. This is why the brewery is intent on entering into an active dialogue, thus contributing with information of immediate interest that could, for instance, be relevant when assessing/determining the brewery’s share price and, hence, the value of the brewery as such. The foundation and external framework of the brewery, A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen, is e.g. based on the company’s articles of association, the Danish Public Companies Act, and other relevant legislation, regulations and recommendations.
The company is very interested in receiving proposals from shareholders and other parties as regards improvement of our investor relations.
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Management/Board of Directors
Poul Mark, Managing Director
Poul Bertelsen, Director, Chairman
Thomas Augustinus, Director, Deputy Chairman
Hans Ole Hansen, Gentleman Farmer
Steen Jespersen, Director
Anne Jensen-Gaard, board member elected by the employees
Brian Skov Jakobsen, board member elected by the employees
Christine Tiegel, board member elected by the employees
You are always welcome to contact us. If you would like to work for A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen, if you wish to file a complaint, or if you are interested in a tour round the brewery, then click one of the buttons below. In case you have other queries, we kindly ask you to select one of the below mail addresses.
You are always welcome to send a spontaneous application. Please write us a few words about yourself and attach your CV. Tell us why you would like to work for A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen, what your qualifications are, and which functions you would like to fill. Address your application to:
We always strive to supply products of the very finest quality. If, contrary to expectations, a product should not meet our high standards, then please fill in the form below. We kindly ask you to keep the product in question in its original packaging.
During the summer period, we conduct permanent guided tours of A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen. When, next, the season draws closer, you can read more about it on this page.
For 2017, we have planned permanent guided tours to take place every Tuesday and Wednesday during the month of July and on the first Tuesday and Wednesday in August.
The tours are two hours of excitement that take their beginning at 10 a.m. by a conducted tour which is concluded by a sampling of our products. We have room for 20 persons per tour. The price is DKK 75 per participant.
Between Monday and Thursday, and subject to agreement, we can also provide guided tours, outside the normal tour hours, for groups of minimum 10 persons.
If you wish to participate in one of our tours planned for the summer of 2017 – or if you are interested in a tour outside the season, please contact us by phone: +45 64 71 10 41 or write a mail to email@example.com.
A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen støtter mange forskellige formål med sponsorater. Vi støtter både eliten og bredden inden for sport og et aktivt foreningsliv, fordi vi tror på, at motion, succes, fællesskab og en masse gode stunder er med til at give større livskvalitet og mere overskud i hverdagen.
Vi støtter også arrangementer, der viser Fyn frem fra sin grønne og aktive side med sponsorater af større sportsevents, som fx H.C. Andersen Marathon, Lillebælt Halvmarathon og cykelklassikeren Fyen Rundt. Events som er til glæde og gavn for både motionister og elitesportsfolk – og ikke mindst publikum.
Fynske attraktioner som Den Fynske Opera, Frøbjerg Festspil og Terrariet i Vissenbjerg er en del af vores faste sponsorater. Hvert år støtter vi desuden velgørenhed og har gennem tiden givet donationer til Børnecancerfonden, Julemærkehjemmene og flere lokale organisationer.
Sådan søger du
Alle er velkomne til at søge et sponsorat hos os – også dig. Send din ansøgning til A/S Bryggeriet Vestfyen, Fåborgvej 4, 5610 Assens eller på firstname.lastname@example.org