BusinessBusiness RecoveryBoddington’s Manchester brewery turns off taps

Boddington's Manchester brewery turns off taps

Manchester's famous Boddingtons brewery is to close with production switched to Lancashire, Wales and Scotland in a move branded as 'cynical' according to the Transport and General Workers? Union.

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The brewery is set to shut in 2005 with the loss of 55 jobs as production switches to Samlesbury, Lancashire, Magor, south Wales, and Glasgow and comes hot on the heels of the closure of the company’s Belfast operation.

A T&G spokesman said it would repeat a campaign it waged when closure plans were first mooted two years ago, however he added that it had yet to formalise the finer details of the campaign.

Boddington’s Belgian parent company Interbrew said it hoped to move cask production to the Hydes Brewery in the Moss Side area of Manchester, therefore maintaining its ‘Cream Of Manchester’ tagline.

However, Brian Revell, the T&G national organiser for food and agriculture, said ‘This is all about the maximisation of profits and demonstrates that the claim to be the “world’s local brewer” is little more than an advertising slogan devised to mislead the consumer.’

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