Bluetongue beer canned

Dozens of workers at a NSW brewery are set to lose their jobs after Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) announced it was canning its Bluetongue beer.

On Thursday morning, CUB, which is owned by global giant SABMiller, told the 64 staff at its Warnervale brewery on the NSW Central Coast that the operation would be closed by the end of the year.

CUB will “re-install” equipment from the Warnervale site into the company’s broader network, starting from May, it said in a statement on Thursday.

CUB director of corporate affairs Jeremy Griffith said while there will be job losses, the company will consider redeploying workers to other sites.

The closure will see the beer phased out and discontinued over the coming months.

The Warnervale site was built as an independent brewery in 2010.

SABMiller bought Fosters in 2011 and, as a result, acquired the Warnervale brewery.

[polldaddy poll=7738314]CUB, owned by SABMiller, says it tried to find ways of integrating Warnervale into its national network, but it wasn’t viable.

“Things have changed significantly since the site was built,” it said in a statement.

“Warnervale is now part of the much larger and established national CUB network and this has resulted in excess brewing capacity, particularly as the overall beer market remains challenging.”

CUB said Bluetongue was important to the company but had been in decline over recent years.

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