Prospective bidder to continue running the brewery could not be found
GUELPH, ON, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Sleeman Breweries Ltd. announced today
that it has decided to close its Dartmouth N.S. brewing facility as of
end of business today, affecting 15 employees. The company made every
effort to make the purchase of its Dartmouth facility attractive to
potential buyers. While the company was optimistic it could sell it to
another brewery operator, it has exhausted its options and could not
come to terms with prospective bidders.
"We have been working for months on trying to maintain as many jobs as
possible by selling the facility to a new brewery owner," says Pierre
Ferland, National Vice President, Operations, Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
"We want to thank our employees for their years of service to Sleeman
Breweries and the patience and dedication they have shown as we tried
to find a buyer. We're disappointed we couldn't find another owner and
keep these jobs in Dartmouth."
Sleeman Breweries made the opportunity to purchase the facility as
attractive as possible. Some of the measures the company took included
a reduction in the workforce to accommodate a smaller operator, and
offering to have over 350,000 cases of Sleeman products produced
annually in the facility until the new brewer had their own product
established. "This facility was too big for the small operators and
too small for the large ones," added Ferland
While the Sleeman brewery will be closing, the company's product will
continue to be available across the province at Nova Scotia's bars,
restaurants and retailers.
About Sleeman Breweries Limited
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. is the third largest brewing company nation-wide.
The company has supplemented its core Sleeman brands, which are
available in every province, with a family of exceptional regional
brands. These include Okanagan Spring in British Columbia and Unibroue
in Quebec as well as Old Milwaukee and Pabst Blue Ribbon. In 2006,
Sleeman Breweries Limited was acquired by Sapporo Holdings Limited
of Japan. The company markets and/or distributes world class imported
products such as Guinness, Sol, Dos Equis and Tecate and is supported
by 1,000 employees.
SOURCE: SLEEMAN BREWERIES LTD.
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