UK: Carlsberg mulling UK brewery exit? - report
A report in the UK press today (4 June) has claimed that Carlsberg is looking to close its Tetley brewery in the north of England.
The report in the Times said that the Denmark-based brewer is mulling the closure following a review of the site, based in Leeds. Carlsberg is looking to restructure its UK operations as sales volumes decrease in the country, leading to the need for cost reduction. The newspaper did not cite any sources in the report.
No-one at Carlsberg UK was available to clarify the report when contacted today by just-drinks.
In March, however, speaking exclusively to just-drinks, Carlsberg's CEO and president, Nils S. Andersen, said that the company fully intended to retain a brewing presence in the UK. The brewer has two sites in the country - the other in Northampton - with Andersen rejecting the Heineken path of moving all beer production to the Netherlands.
"That's a recommendation that we sometimes receive from our competitors via the press or via analysts but it's a pretty dumb suggestion," Andersen said at the time. "We make money; Heineken is losing money. Why would we want to do that? It would probably be better for the other three if we withdrew from the market but I'm sad to say we don't have such plans."
Diageo is considering plans to brew its stout brand Guinness in India....
Carlsberg has confirmed that it is looking to cut costs in Scandinavia by pooling its marketing costs in Denmark, Norway and Sweden....
Asia Pacific Breweries has appointed the previous chairman of Danone Asia Pacific as chairman-designate and a non-executive director of the company....
The head of Scottish & Newcastle is to visit Copenhagen, the home of Carlsberg, tomorrow (23 November) to re-outline his attempts to defend the brewer from Carlsberg and Heineken's takeover attempt....
Heineken has refused to be drawn on local reports that it is in line to buy a Czech brewer....
Carlsberg has declined to comment on a call from a Scottish & Newcastle shareholder for the Danish brewer to give further details on the brewers' joint venture in Eastern Europe....
Carlsberg and Heineken have dismissed Scottish & Newcastle's trading update yesterday (20 November) as "unconvincing"....
The likelihood of a union between InBev and Anheuser-Busch has become a stronger possibility, following SABMiller's acquisition of Grolsch, according to a drinks analyst....
- Pernod Ricard 's first-half results - Preview
- Carlsberg's Q4 & full-year results - Preview
- Heineken's FY performance by region - Focus
- Carlsberg's full-year performance by region
- Key trends for beer in 2016 - Focus
- Asahi Group lines up Grolsch, Meantime, Peroni buy
- Diageo completes wine category exit in US
- Beam Suntory targets Kenya with Edrington/FIX
- SABMiller's Europe chief to join Britvic board
- Asahi Group to buy Grolsch, Peroni from SABMiller