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Heineken follows rivals in Irish brew shake-up


Up to 120 jobs could be lost as a result of Heineken’s acquisition of the western operations of Scottish & Newcastle (S&N), as it opts to close the recently acquired Beamish & Crawford brewery in Ireland.

The company says that an additional 40 jobs from the site will be transferred to its wider Irish operations, like the Murphy brewery in Cork, in a bid to reduce operating costs.

Heineken says the decision reflects its concerns over the current economic crisis as well as an overall excess in its brewing capacity in Ireland.

The brewery was acquired as part of the joint acquisition of S&N with rival Carlsberg earlier this year.

The announcement comes after Diageo, brewer of Guinness, announced back in May that it too was restructuring its operations in Ireland.