Ringnes is mulling shifting production of soft drinks from its EC Dahls brewery in Trondheim, Norway. The Norwegian brewery group, part of Carlsberg, confirmed to just-drinks today (15 June) that soft drink production will be affected by tax changes being introduced soon.

"On 1 July, the packaging tax on one-way packaging will disappear," Ringnes managing director Jan Bodd told just-drinks. "This has consequences for us, as we currently run at 98% returnable packaging.

"We will then look to centralise our soft drink production to our biggest facility just outside Oslo," Bodd added.

Bodd was unable to give a time frame for the move, adding that "we will see how the market reacts to the tax change."

The Norwegian news agency NTB said in a report yesterday that around 100 of the brewery's 280 employees in Trondheim will be affected by the move. Around 50% of the facility's volume output is soft drinks, Bodd told just-drinks.