Leeds: Bosses will call time on Tetley's in June 2011

Fresh details emerged today about the timescale for the closure of Tetley brewery in Leeds.

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Tetley's parent company Carlsberg last year announced plans to shut the historic Hunslet-based brewery in 2011.

Now it has revealed that the month earmarked for the closure is June 2011.

The firm says the "vast majority" of the 170 staff at the site should be able to stay in their jobs until the end of next year.

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A phased programme of departures will then get under way at the start of 2011.

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Much of the work currently carried out at Hunslet is being transferred to a larger Carlsberg plant in Northampton.

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However, Tetley's bitter will not be among the products making the switch to Northampton.

Instead the firm is in what it describes as "advanced discussions" with a number of potential partners who want to brew Tetley's on its behalf.

A deal is expected to be announced early next year.

Gareth Roberts, director of media relations for Carlsberg UK, declined to say if any of the companies involved in the talks were based in Yorkshire.

He also said no decision had been taken regarding the post-closure future of the Hunslet site, which covers five-and-a-half acres of prime

development land.

The Yorkshire Evening Post is campaigning for the production of Tetley's bitter to be kept in the White Rose county.

Tetley's has been made in Leeds since 1822 and beer lovers are concerned that a move from its heartland could affect its taste.

Breweries in the county which have the capacity to take on the Tetley's contract include John Smith and Sam Smith at Tadcaster and Taylors at Keighley.

Carlsberg says factors such as falling beer sales and the tough economic climate are forcing it to call time on Hunslet.

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