C&C Group has rounded off a difficult week by confirming it is to lay off some workers at its Irish production plant.

The company, which earlier this week issued its second profit warning in a month, said yesterday (2 August) that it will temporarily lay off 70 staff at its Bulmers plant in Clonmel.

When contacted by just-drinks today, a spokesperson for C&C said: "When we issued our profit warning (this week), we made it clear that we would look to reduce costs. We will not be looking to cut back on out marketing programme, however - customer pull is being maintained."

The staff were informed of the move on Tuesday this week, with the lay-offs coming from the production side at the plant. C&C completed an expansion programme at Clonmel in May, but has seen sales of its Magners cider brand in the UK take a battering this summer thanks to increased competition and poor weather.

"Trading is a bit difficult at the moment, but this is only a temporary setback," the spokesperson continued. "It all depends on how it pans out over the next few weeks, but the positions will be reinstated if and when the situation stabilises."