TORONTO — Junction Craft Brewery (JCB) has acquired Woodhouse Brewing Co. through a new parent company, Junction Craft Beverage Co. (JCBC).
In October 2021, the company initiated a formal re-structuring, allowing it to streamline its finances and operations, positioning the business for a post-pandemic world and fast-changing beverage market. With the new parent company, it is commencing a multi-year expansion and brewery investment strategy. The business also consists of co-packing services supporting craft beverage entrepreneurs and business.
Additionally, Woodhouse founder, Graham Woodhouse, has joined JCBC as VP of Sales to oversee the entire brand portfolio and retains an ownership stake in the business.
“Over the last two years, JCB has evolved into a multi-brand/co-packing business. We are now well-positioned to accelerate our growth, keeping pace with the changing beverage market. Leveraging our facility strengths, successes and learnings, we’ve expanded our capabilities to include ready-to-drink (RTD), non-alcoholic beer and sparkling beverages,” says Stuart Wheldon, CEO of Junction Craft Beverage Co. “We’re seeing constant creative innovation coming out of the small and medium-sized beverage space. Our goal is to be right there with our peers, offering value added services to our partners, from product development and production to logistics and distribution support. Combined with our own brand strategy, we’re creating a business that celebrates all things craft and lets us do the thing we love most: create exceptional beverages for our customers.”
“As one of Ontario’s largest contract brewers, we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last eight years,” says Woodhouse. “Joining JCBC, a larger organization with a physical brewery, allows us to access new channels, more easily bringing new products to market. It’s important that we continue to serve our customers by supplying exceptional products where and however they want to purchase them. We are excited to be a part of this journey with JCBC.”
Today, JCBC produces more than 70 products for more than 30 partners, including craft beer, spirit-based RTDs, non-alcoholic beer and sparkling beverages.