Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) has announced plans to shut down its Ringwood Brewery, following the unsuccessful attempt to sell the site.
In June, CMBC announced its intention to sell the brewery, along with ale brands such as Razorback, Old Thumper, Boondoggle and Fortyniner. The brewery and shop will cease its operations in January 2024.
The proposals involve selling the site and relocating production of Ringwood brands to other breweries in the CMBC network. Cask variants of the Razorback, Forty-niner and Boondoggle will be moved to Banks’s Brewery, while Old Thumper cask brewing will go to Marston’s Brewery.
Marston’s Brewery already handles the brewing of Razorback, Boondoggle and Fortyniner bottles. The logistics operations have already been shifted to CMBC’s Tiverton and Farnborough sites.
In the next few weeks, CMBC said it will consult the proposals with the ten colleagues at the site, during which Ringwood Brewery will remain in operation.
Paul Davies, CEO of CMBC, said: “Having, over the last six months, been unable to secure a sale of our Ringwood Brewery operation in Hampshire, we have made the difficult decision to announce our intention to close the site. Given its limited space and residential location, the expansion and improvements required for the site to be competitive would be challenging and extremely costly. While we believe this is the right course of action for our business, it is by no means a decision we have taken lightly.”
“We are incredibly proud of the effort and dedication of our people at Ringwood Brewery – our priority now is to support colleagues affected by the proposals through the consultation period, which has now begun.”
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