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10-05-2013, 15:40
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http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cy_lpcpni-k/UYz3VXUxRgI/AAAAAAAAE78/2pfCGMw5Mrc/s1600/cains_02.jpg (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cy_lpcpni-k/UYz3VXUxRgI/AAAAAAAAE78/2pfCGMw5Mrc/s1600/cains_02.jpg) Cain's of Liverpool has had a somewhat chequered history since taking over the old Higsons brewery in Liverpool. I have written about them before (http://tandlemanbeerblog.blogspot.co.uk/2008/09/dusanj-brothers-back-at-helm-in-cains.html).

Yesterday I mentioned them as one of the UK's leading brewer's of low margin supermarket beer in the context of Thwaites leaving that market. Today I learn by a phone call from a brewer friend that more trouble has ensued. The Liverpool Echo tells me that with immediate effect that Cain's are ceasing their brewing of supermarket beers as they incur a loss. 38 jobs will go. Those of us who follow Cains will doubt, despite assurances that the rest of the operation and pubs aren't affected, that this will be the end of the matter.

But we'll have to wait and see, One thing is for sure as former employees head to the Jobcentre. Supermarket own brand beer comes at quite a price despite its cheapness.

The Echo story can be read here (http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2013/05/10/liverpool-brewery-cains-closes-loss-making-supermarket-operation-with-loss-of-38-jobs-100252-33311799/).

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