Hall & Woodhouse sheds 220 jobs

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Dorset-based brewer Hall & Woodhouse announced it is to cease canning and PET soft drinks production with the loss of 220 jobs.The company, which...

Dorset-based brewer Hall & Woodhouse announced it is to cease canning and PET soft drinks production with the loss of 220 jobs.

The company, which is to is outsource production of its Rio and Popzone brands, says it is "in discussion with leading soft drinks companies" as a result of rising costs and difficulty of distribution from its Dorset base. As yet, the future of the production facility is undecided but the brewer was keen to stress that its brewing and pub estate divisions would remain unaffected.

David French, the company's strategic marketing analyst, said: "The brands will still exist, but our geographical location in Blandford makes it costly to tie in with the major supermarket distribution networks."

He continued: "These changes mean we can increase our investment in supporting our beer brands and developing our existing pubs." The company is currently in a 90-day closed period of consultation, but says plans will be revealed to retrain and relocate some staff in the pub business.

Hall & Woodhouse has a 270-strong pub estate stretching from Kent and London to the south and south west and is best known for its Tanglefoot beer brand.

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