Heineken announces intention to close Caledonian Brewery

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Heineken has announced its intention to close the Caledonian Brewery, which brews Deuchars IPA. The brewery, acquired by the brewer in 2008,  was set-up in 1869 and it is the last major brewery in Edinburgh. The closure will mean the loss of 30 jobs.

Heineken has said that the Victorian infrastructure meant it was no longer economically viable particularly as production had fallen over the last decade.

Matt Callan, Supply Chain Director for HEINEKEN UK said, “We’ve not taken this decision lightly. We’re acutely aware of what the brewery represents in Edinburgh, and its role in the history and heritage of brewing in Scotland – this is something we’re incredibly proud of. Our primary focus is the 30 colleagues based there and we’ll now enter into a period of consultation.”

“The sad fact is, its Victorian infrastructure means significant inefficiencies and costs, particularly as it is operating below capacity.  To modernise the brewery, and to meet our own sustainability commitments, would require considerable ongoing investment, which would make operating the brewery economically unviable.”

Matt Callan added: “We’re also aware that the beers produced at Caledonian Brewery are enjoyed by many people across Edinburgh, Scotland, and beyond.  That’s why we’re working hard to make sure the Caledonian brands will continue to be produced in Scotland if the proposed closure goes ahead. We’ve an agreement in principle to licence the brands to Greene King who will brew Deuchars, Coast to Coast and Maltsmiths IPA and Lager at its Belhaven brewery in Dunbar.”

Matt Starbuck, Greene King Brewing & Brands Managing Director, commented: “These brands are long loved in both Scotland and beyond and we are proud to be able to continue to brew them so they can be enjoyed by consumers and customers alike.”

Edinburgh beer lovers hope it is not the end of the road for the brewery and that it is purchased by another company in due course.

Category: Beer, News
Tags: Caledonian Brewery, Greene King Brewing, heineken, Matt Callan, Matt Starbuck