Sapporo has set a July deadline

Sapporo has set a July deadline

Sapporo International is to close one of its Canadian breweries if it fails to find a buyer for the plant before July.

The Japanese brewer said yesterday (6 March) it is trying to sell its Sleeman Breweries facility in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia facility, which has 32 employees. Sapporo said it is talking to prospective buyers but that, if no deal is made, it will shutter the plant. 

Sleeman Breweries' president & CEO, Shige Yokoi, acknowledged the “difficult decision”, but added that “in the long-term interests of our North American operations, we felt we needed to achieve some efficiencies of scale right away to stay competitive against our much larger continental and global rivals”.

Dartmouth produces about 27,000 hectolitres a year, accounting for 2% of Sleeman's total volume output. Sapporo also intends to shift 200,000 hectolitres of Sapporo product from its Gulph, Ontario plant to a third-party brewer in the US.

Sapporo Holdings bought Sleeman Breweries in 2006.

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