Brewing combine Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) is to cut 70 jobs at its Kronenbourg brewery in Obernai in Eastern France, according to reports.

S&N will aim to achieve the staff reductions through early retirement between now and 2007. The company also plans to invest some €23m in Kronenbourg over the same period.

The company told Agence France Presse that €13m will be spent on a new production line for conditioning limited-run beers aimed at the export market.