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Heileman to proceed with trade complaint.

Heileman to proceed with trade complaint

G. Heileman Brewing Co. will proceed with a trade complaint against the Canadian provinces, citing ill-treatment of foreign beer. The complaint is continuing despite negotiations between the U.S. and Canada to rectify the situation.

"We're not optimistic that these negotiations are going to provide any quick relief," said Heileman lawyer Randy Smith, referring to talks aimed at the trade barriers requiring beer sold in a province to be produced there.

Smith added that Heileman will file a petition with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington in the near future, listing complaints concerning pricing and product distribution in each province.

A Canadian federal official said Heileman has a legitimate case. "Based on the finding of a GATT panel, the complaint is justified," said Bob Knox, an Industry Ministry official and co-chairman of the trade barrier talks.

However, those talks have been held up by concern among provinces, especially Saskatchewan and the Atlantic provinces, that the move could mean loss of jobs.
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Title Annotation:G. Heileman Brewing Company Inc. in dispute with Canadian provinces
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Mar 26, 1990
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