Just after we went to press last month, Tennent Caledonian and Maclay Inns announced that they have linked up in a deal which sees Tennent’s become the group’s main beer supplier. The transaction also sees Tennent’s taking a small stake in Maclays which will allow them to continue to grow their on-trade presence.
Maclay Group’s Managing Director Steve Mallon commented, “Maclay Group has the skills and infrastructure to grow its business and in Tennent Caledonian we believe we have found the right partner to support and accelerate that ambition. ’It wasn’t an easy decision to make, as our former partners Belhaven have always been very supportive, but this time the Tennent’s deal was the most attractive.”
Tennent Caledonian’s Sales Managing Director John Gilligan said, “Tennent Caledonian is committed to the Scottish on-trade and a key part of that is investing in high quality operators who can build successful retail operations to showcase our brands, with Caledonia Best in particular benefitting from this transaction. However we have no intention of owning pubs, our focus is on investing in good pub operators. And you don’t get much better than Maclays.” See our licensee interview with Steve Mallon centre pages.