Bluetongue Brewery to close

This
morning 64 employees at the Warnervale Bluetongue Brewery site were told the
site will be closed down by the end of the year.

The ABC reports that company corporate affairs managers Jeremy Griffiths said there was
excess capacity due to owner Carlton and United Breweries merging with Foster’s
Group.

As many as
15 staff, as well as brewing equipment, would be relocated to CUB’s Yatala brewery, with the
remaining workers being made redundant.

“We spent the last two years reviewing the operation to see what we could do with the site,” Griffiths told News Corp.

“We advised staff at 9am, although there has been some speculation over the past few weeks.”

“We have advised the 64 employees that the majority of the site will be closed down by the middle of the year.

The Warnervale
brewery is NSW’s second-biggest, and opened in 2010, according to Fairfax. Bluetongue
started in 2001 as a craft beer label, before a half stake was sold to ad man
John Singleton in 2005, who, with a group of other investors, grew the brand and
sold it just before 2007 to an SABMiller and Coca-Cola Amatil joint venture.

The news of
the closure follows the announcement of Kellogg’s Charmhaven factory closure,
also on NSW’s central coast, late last year.

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