Jobs axed as Wells & Young’s loses distribution contracts

07 January, 2011

Some 30 people have been made redundant from Bedford brewer Wells & Young’s after it lost distribution for Corona and Red Stripe.

Out of 400 employees, an additional 20 took voluntary redundancy or moved to Molson Coors. Molson Coors took on distribution of Corona at the beginning of December, and Red Stripe sales and marketing will be taken back by Diageo in summer 2011. No decision had yet been made on brewing and production, said a spokeswoman. The company initially thought up to 60 roles were at risk following the termination of contracts.

Managing director Nigel McNally said: “We are still in individual consultation with some people. However, the final number of affected roles is half our original estimate.

“With some people opting for voluntary redundancy and some transferring to the new suppliers, the total number of roles made redundant is around 30.

“Each department has had to improve efficiencies and we have also ensured that we continue to have the high level of skills and competencies required to capitalise on the exciting opportunities ahead.”?




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