Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd
Scottish & Newcastle PLC, 111 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd were created in 1960 as a result of a merger between:
In July 1986, they acquired Home Brewery Co. Ltd of Daybrook, Nottingham with 447 public houses. They closed Home Brewery in 1996.
They acquired Matthew Brown & Co. Ltd of Blackburn in October 1987 with 550 tied houses. Brewing ceased at Blackburn in 1991.
With the Matthew Brown company, they acquired T & R Theakston Ltd of Masham, North Yorkshire, but sold that brewery back to the Theakston family in 2003.
In 1995, they acquired the brewing operations of Courage & Co. Ltd from the Australian brewers Fosters. The new company traded as Scottish Courage.
In July 2003, they acquired the Bulmers cider business, together with the UK's biggest cider mill and orchards in Hereford.
In 2004, having decided to close their Fountain Brewery in Edinburgh, S&N took a 30% share in Caledonian Brewery Co. Ltd and contracted for the brewing of their beers. This became 100% ownership in 2008.
In 2004, they bought the Northern Clubs Federation Brewery Ltd of Dunston, and announced the closure of their Newcastle brewery. They traded as Newcastle Federation Breweries until Dunston was closed in 2010 by Heineken.
The company was acquired by Heineken and Carlsberg in 2008 and its assets split between them. The UK operations are now owned by Heineken.