S&N to shut down Berkshire brewery
Published:  12 February, 2008

Scottish & Newcastle is planning to close its Reading brewery in order to make annual savings of £13 million.

The brewer, who recently agreed a takeover by Carlsberg and Heineken, plans to move residual brewing and packaging work to sites in Tadcaster, Manchester and Gateshead when the Reading plant closes in early 2010.

A spokesman said “every effort” would be made to find jobs for the brewery’s 362 employees who saw the site’s bottling facilities closed and the transfer of 3 million hectolitres of production to Coors last November.

Stephen Glancey, S&N group operations director said a “general over capacity” in brewing sites in the UK prompted plans for closure.

“The nature of the Reading site, the amount of investment required to make it competitive and its relative cost compared to other UK facilities means that there is a strong business case for closure. We will, of course, do all we can to mitigate the effects of the closure on the people affected,” he said.

The Reading brewery opened in 1979 and currently produces 6 million hectolitres of beer, including Fosters and Kronenbourg 1664.

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