Employees at Bluetongue Brewery were this morning advised they will be out of work sometime in the second half of the year when the $120 million brewery closes down.
A corporate spokesman for owner Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) said the company’s decision had been made due to ‘‘excess brewing capacity and duplication’’ in its brewing network over the past couple of years.
Construction of the Warnervale brewery, the second-biggest in NSW, began in 2009 and it was launched amid much fanfare in late 2010, when advertising mogul John Singleton, model Jennifer Hawkins and former Knights captain Andrew Johns were among the VIPs present.
It is understood the brewery produces the Bluetongue labels and is contracted to brew other brands including Peroni and Miller.
The corporate spokesman said employees had been offered access to a counselling service and been given the rest of the day off to be with their families and friends.
The affected workers include brewers and those employed in packaging, warehouse, logistics, transport and administration.