The slump in Denmark's beer market will lead to job cuts at Carlsberg, the company confirmed to just-drinks today (17 August). Up to 95 jobs are expected to go at Carlsberg Danmark's two breweries in the country.

Speaking to just-drinks earlier today, communications manager Jens Bekke said that the job cuts "will be across all areas, but will be limited to white-collar jobs."

Bekke said that, last year, the overall Danish beer market was down year-on-year by 6%. In the first half of 2005, the market has dropped again, this time by 5%. The introduction of a tax cut on alcohol in Denmark in October 2003 contributed heavily to the fall, Bekke said.

"Under Danish law, we must conduct negotiations with the unions (prior to cutting jobs)," Bekke told just-drinks. "These negotiations, which began today, are expected to take one week."

Carlsberg Danmark currently has around 2,700 employees. The staff cuts announced will reduce costs by around DKK40m (US$6.6m) a year, the company added.