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."