Cost pressures force brewer into administration

By James Ridler contact

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Dunscar brewery has entered administration after facing cost pressures in the summer
Dunscar brewery has entered administration after facing cost pressures in the summer
Bolton-based brewer Dunscar has entered into administration following cost pressures in an increasingly competitive industry.

New owners are being sought for the company by joint administrators Ian McCulloch and Dean Watson of insolvency and finance consultancy Begbies Traynor.

McCulloch said: “Dunscar was a well-established and highly regarded brand supplying products to the local area and beyond. Unfortunately, it has ceased to trade as a result of rising costs in an increasingly competitive industry.

‘Continue the business’

“We are currently in the process of marketing the business and assets for sale in order to identify interested parties that may wish to continue the business.”

Trading since 2008, Dunscar operated a 27-barrel brewery incorporating a private function room called The Bleachworks. The company currently employs 13 members of staff.

The brewer had received praise from both the Campaign for Real Ale and the Society of Independent Brewers and was planning to launch a new range of craft beers this year.

“Those individuals who had pre-booked events at The Bleachworks are requested to contact us on 01772 202000 at the earliest opportunity to discuss the impact of the administration,”​ added McCulloch.

Rising costs

A number of food and drink firms have felt the sting of rising costs and extreme weather conditions over the past year, forcing them into insolvency.

In August, extreme weather in both the winter and summer forced egg producer Blackdown Hills Enterprises Ltd into administration​, costing the jobs of its entire workforce.

Meanwhile, in July, more than 100 jobs were axed at Cornwall-based Crantock Bakery Ltd​, after the manufacturer fell into administration.

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