Sleeman to sell Dartmouth facility

Sleeman logoSapporo International‘s production at the Sleeman facilities is getting a little too large, and the Japan-based brewery plans to sell its Dartmouth, Nova Scotia facility and shift 200,000hL of production at its Guelph, Ontario facility to the U.S. as of June.

The production capacity that will exit the Guelph plant is beer already thumbnailed for export to the U.S. market, and Sapporo will shift that production to a third-party brewing partner south of the border. As for the brewing facility in Dartmouth, the close would affect 32 jobs. Sapporo stated it hopes to sell the facility to another brewery, but the deadline is tight. Should an appropriate buyer not be found by June, the Nova Scotia brewery will be shut down.

“The impetus behind our intent to sell the Dartmouth facility, which produces less than two per cent of annual volume, is to establish the long-term competitive resilience we need in an aggressive market by taking advantage of the economies of scale our North American operations offer,” said Shige Yokoi, president and CEO of Sleeman Breweries, in a statement.

According to Yokoi, Sapporo has been increasing its North American market share in a brewing category where there is only modest growth. The upcoming changes are meant to “consolidate and maximize momentum,” and that means making immediate changes across its North American operations.

The company noted it is already engaging prospective buyers for the Dartmouth brewery, but there’s no word on who those buyers might be. Sapporo made no comment on how moving 200,000hL of production to the U.S. will affect its employees in Guelph.

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  1. J’aimerais porter à votre attention qu’à deux occasions une cannette de 500 ml n’était qu’au 2/3 remplie et qu’il n’y avait aucune effervescence . C3105 et 1501G sont les chiffres apparaissant sous les cannettes. J’ai conservé une cannette avec le code barre si vous vouliez le connaître.
    Je tiens à vous dire que c’est la seule bière que je bois car je n’aime pas la bière ce qui est tout un compliment pour la Sapporo. Mon mari et moi nous chicanons toujours la dernière cannette surtout lorsque nous en manquons à la pêche.
    Si vous désirez de plus amples informations n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec moi.
    Si je n’ai pas utiliser la bonne adresse mail, auriez vous s.v.p l’amabilité de transférer ce courriel au bon endroit.
    Louise Descênes
    184 de Chambois Québec G1B 2J5

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