Heineken will also distribute Kingfisher Beer in the UK

Heineken will also distribute Kingfisher Beer in the UK

Heineken is to start brewing Kingfisher Beer for the UK market from October, taking over from Shepherd Neame. 

Heineken will also handle UK sales and distribution for the brand, Kingfisher Beer Europe said today (19 April). The deal brings to an end Kingfisher's current deal with Kent brewer Shepherd Neame. 

Kingfisher CEO Damon Swarbrick said the company will continue to market Kingfisher and support its UK clients. “We are looking forward to working with Heineken to develop the significant opportunity that exists in the UK market,” Swarbrick said.

Heineken said the deal will help boost its world beer portfolio in the UK. Financial details of the new tie-up were no disclosed. 

The Dutch brewer last month unveiled a “multi-million pound” TV advertising campaign around its Bulmers cider brand in the UK.

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