Beamish brewery axed and 120 jobs go

12 December, 2008

Heineken Ireland is closing the historic Beamish & Crawford brewery in Cork in March 2009.

Production will be transferred to

the Murphy's brewery, also in Cork. Around 120 employees will be made redundant, but the brewing giant

pledged

the Beamish brand w ould continue.

Corporate affairs manager Declan Farmer said: " We do not foresee any problems with having two stouts in the portfolio,

any more than having five lagers."

Gerrit van Loo, managing director of Heineken Ireland, said: "Retaining two breweries is not sustainable and the loss of so many jobs remains a sad but unavoidable outcome."

Heineken gained control of the Beamish brewery in October following a six-month investigation by Ireland's Competition Authority. It ruled that it wouldn't be a conflict of interest for Heineken to produce both Beamish and Murphy's.

Scottish & Newcastle UK, which was acquired by Heineken in April,

is to take over responsibility for Murphy's stout from Inbev UK. S&N will be responsible for the UK brewing, marketing and distribution rights

from February 2009.




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