Foster's is to sell one of its bottling operations in Australia. Foster's-owned Vinpac International has sold its local operation in Pokolbin in Hunter Valley to Hunter Bottling Company, also based in the region.

A spokesman for Foster's said: "Our focus or intention in all of this is to minimise the impact on the community and our employees, so it's a great result that the site is being sold as a going concern to Hunter Bottling Company.

"What it will now establish is two medium-sized businesses coming together to form one pre-eminent bottling company in the valley in a better position to service the Hunter Valley's requirements," the spokesman added.

Financial details behind the sale were not disclosed.