Carlsberg axes Wychwood brewery

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Carlsberg axes Wychwood brewery

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) has announced the closure of its Wychwood brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire.

Wychwood’s brands will continue to be brewed within the CMBC network, including Marston’s at Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire after the closure.

The brewery is expected to shut in November in line with the break clause on CMBC’s lease with the landlord.

CAMRA national chairman Nik Antona said: “CAMRA never wants to see the closure of any brewery, be it large or small, traditional or contemporary, and too many across the UK are shutting their doors forever at an alarming rate.

“CMBC’s proposal to close Wychwood brewery in Witney this November is the latest in a growing list of casualties at the hands of global brewers. 

“While it is heartening to know the Wychwood brand will continue in some fashion at CMBC and the iconic Brakspear Double Drop beer will live on at Banks’s, it is a great shame for Oxfordshire to lose such a classic, recognisable brewery.

“Fresh off closing Jennings brewery in Cumbria and selling off Ringwood of Hampshire, it is worrying to see the UK’s brewing heritage slowly erode. The diminishing consumer choice at the hands of the commercial giants is of great concern.”

CMBC chief executive Paul Davies blamed the competitive nature of brewing in the UK. He said: “We understand the depth of feeling towards Wychwood brewery, and have tremendous pride in our team there. Our number one focus is giving them all the support they need as we begin the consultation on this proposal.

“The UK ale market is an incredibly competitive space, and combined with a turbulent economic outlook for the UK provides for a challenging environment for industry to navigate. By making use of the break clause in our lease for Wychwood brewery, we can consolidate our brewing network to achieve greater efficiency and productivity, supporting ongoing investment in our people and business.”

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