Sleeman Breweries Ltd. to close its Dartmouth facility

Prospective bidder to continue running the brewery could not be found 
GUELPH, ON, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Sleeman Breweries Ltd. announced today that 
it has decided to close its Dartmouth N.S. brewing facility as of end of 
business today, affecting 15 employees. The company made every effort to make 
the purchase of its Dartmouth facility attractive to potential buyers. While 
the company was optimistic it could sell it to another brewery operator, it 
has exhausted its options and could not come to terms with prospective bidders. 
"We have been working for months on trying to maintain as many jobs as 
possible by selling the facility to a new brewery owner," says Pierre Ferland, 
National Vice President, Operations, Sleeman Breweries Ltd. "We want to thank 
our employees for their years of service to Sleeman Breweries and the patience 
and dedication they have shown as we tried to find a buyer. We're disappointed 
we couldn't find another owner and keep these jobs in Dartmouth." 
Sleeman Breweries made the opportunity to purchase the facility as attractive 
as possible. Some of the measures the company took included a reduction in 
the workforce to accommodate a smaller operator, and offering to have over 
350,000 cases of Sleeman products produced annually in the facility until the 
new brewer had their own product established. "This facility was too big for 
the small operators and too small for the large ones," added Ferland 
While the Sleeman brewery will be closing, the company's product will continue 
to be available across the province at Nova Scotia's bars, restaurants and 
About Sleeman Breweries Limited
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. is the third largest brewing company nation-wide. The 
company has supplemented its core Sleeman brands, which are available in every 
province, with a family of exceptional regional brands. These include Okanagan 
Spring in British Columbia and Unibroue inQuebec as well as 
OldMilwaukeeand Pabst Blue Ribbon. In 2006, Sleeman Breweries Limited was 
acquired bySapporoHoldings Limited ofJapan. The company markets and/or 
distributes world class imported products such as Guinness, Sol, Dos Equis and 
Tecate and is supported by 1,000 employees.

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