IRELAND: Heineken gets Beamish & Crawford green light

By | 3 October 2008

Heineken has received unconditional approval from the Irish Competition Authority for its acquisition of Beamish & Crawford.

Heineken acquired Beamish & Crawford through its joint acquisition with Carlsberg of UK-based brewer Scottish & Newcastle. The Netherlands-based brewer was the subject of an investigation by Ireland's Competition Authority during the summer, however, because of fears that the company could benefit from the possible creation of a duopoly in the Irish on-trade market, with Guinness owner Diageo.

"This follows an extensive, in-depth review process conducted by the Irish Competition Authority over the last six months, during which time Heineken had no access to Beamish & Crawford," Heineken said today (3 October).

"Heineken welcomes this decision and will, immediately, engage with Beamish & Crawford to start the integration process in Ireland."

Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: Heineken, Carlsberg, Guinness, Diageo

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