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The Journal: Little cheer in job cuts.

NEWCASTLE Brown Ale is an iconic product whose place in Geordie folklore ensures that among its admirers are some who never drink it.

But one doesn't need to regularly imbibe the brew to share concern over job cuts announced by its owners, Scottish & Newcastle.

Having shifted production across the river, from Newcastle to Dunston, S&N are to transfer the bottling operation to North Yorkshire.

And while the company's explanation for the switch appears to make sound economic sense, that will be no consolation to the 66 people it will force to find new work.

It's also unlikely to calm fears that production of Newcastle Brown may one day move even further from its heartland and closer to its major markets.

Thankfully, the company's commitment to Tyneside currently remains as undiluted as the ale which has won so many fans.
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Title Annotation:Leaders
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 10, 2007
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