More Bright careers ahead with brewery’s new packaging facility

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Published: 25 Nov 2021

Bright's Brewery founder Scott Brandon pouring a pint

Since its humble beginnings in 2006, Bright Brewery has grown to become the Victorian alpine town’s top independent employer.

Founder Scott Brandon is proud to have more than 60 staff members. And, with the opening of a brand-new beverage packaging facility, he’s about to hire two more employees in the short-term and 12 more in the months to come.

“We’ve brought staff across from our venue who haven’t otherwise been able to work during lockdowns, but in the long-run we’ll be able to employ extras as well,” he explained.

“It’s great employment opportunity for a country town like ours.”

Revenue resilience is among the many benefits of the new in-house canning facility, which has allowed Bright Brewery to move away from third party providers for their packaging.

During the 2019-20 Victorian bushfires, Mr Brandon’s business was closed for most of January – its peak tourist time.

Bright's Brewery“Our town is heavily reliant on tourism and so to have a revenue stream that will continue and for locals to remain in work regardless of whether we’ve got bushfires, floods and pandemics, is very important,” he said.

“Now, we can continue to make our product and ship it out to the broader regions for people to buy.

Mr Brandon said the local canning facility supports other businesses in the region too.

He and his tight-knit team use local trades companies and other local producers to create new products.

“We’ve just made a stout beer using locally roasted coffee and have an upcoming IPA using local citrus,” he said.

“When we’re making beer and using local products, we’re helping support those businesses as well.”

Bright Brewery received funding towards the facility through the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria Agriculture Workforce Plan, as part of the Business Adaption Stream.

The $50 million Agriculture Workforce Plan is supporting businesses in regional, rural and outer metropolitan areas within key agriculture and food processing industries through job-matching, case management, worker relocation needs, transport and training.

“We find these grants worthwhile because they prompt us to take action on these steps, which have a long-term impact on the business and the people we employ,” he said.

“Every time we’ve been able to make use of them, we’ve found that it’s been a big step up in the success of our business and the number of people we employ.”

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