Sapporo May Shutter Nova Scotia Brewery

The drinks trade website just-drinks.com is reporting today that Sapporo, the Japanese brewing company that owns Sleeman Breweries in Canada, is planning to close down their Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, brewery if a buyer is not found before July of this year.

According to the story, the former Maritime Beer Company, born in 1998 and acquired by Sleeman in 2000, employs 32 people and produces a modest 27,000 hectolitres per year, a mere 2% of Sleeman’s total output. Sleeman Breweries’ president & CEO, Shige Yokoi, is quoted in the story as saying that the move is “difficult” but necessary in order for the company to achieve the efficiencies necessary to remain competitive.

Sapporo says that talks are ongoing with potential buyers, but that no deal has as yet been achieved.

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