Carlsberg has been expected to cut down its number of plants in Scandinavia for some time, and now they are selling off Arendal Bryggeri on the southern coast of Norway.
Carlsberg Group’s company in Norway, Ringnes AS, has finalised an agreement to sell the brewery in Arendal to a group of local investors. Ringnes will keep a 20% share in the company. The agreement was finally signed in a local ceremony today and the deal will formally be concluded 1 July. Arendal has 140 employees and is one of three breweries in Ringnes, which has a total of 1,550 employees and a market share in Norway of around 55%.
I assume they will be contract brewing for Carlsberg in the short run. Let’s hope they will think of some inventive beers when they start out on their own – and let’s hope they have a distribution deal with Carlsberg…
Anyone local have more information on the plans for the brewery?