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Scottish & Newcastle is to close a bottling line in its struggling Finnish market. The brewer has made the move on the back of poor sales in the country over the last year.

Around 110 redundancies will result from the closure in Tornio in northern Finland. The company said that it expects over €5m of cost savings per year from the closure, starting in 2006.

Speaking to just-drinks today (15 September), a spokesperson for S&N highlighted the accession of the Baltic States to the EU in May last year as having a negative effect on beer sales in Finland. A cut in alcohol duties in Finland has failed to stem the tide of Finns heading to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, where alcohol is much cheaper.

The company is presently in negotiations with staff at the bottling plant, the spokesperson told just-drinks.


Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: Scottish & Newcastle

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