Cains closes brewery ahead of redevelopment

Liverpool brewer Cains has closed its supermarket own-label brewing and canning operation as it prepares to submit plans for a mixed-use scheme on its land.

Cains said its pub operations are unaffected by the move, which followed increased competition in the supermarket sector. A total of 38 employees have been made redundant.

Sudarghara Dusanj, managing director, said: "The own-label brewing and canning business for the supermarket industry has been deteriorating for some time because of competition from modern, purpose-built operations, many of them overseas.

"We have been working with our professional advisors in an attempt to restructure and continue this part of the business but it has not been possible.

"It is with regret, therefore, that all own label brewing and canning business for supermarkets has ceased with immediate effect. We would like to thank our staff for their dedication and hard work over the years and to wish them the very best for the future.

"Our plans to redevelop the site are progressing in a very positive manner and are unaffected by this move."

The company expects to submit plans in the summer for a £50m scheme designed by Falconer Chester Hall. There will be a hotel, residential, office studios and a food market.

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