Jobs hope for takeover

MP for the Ribble Valley Nigel Evans was given a tour of the Salmesbury base of brewing giants AB InBev.'Nigel with the finished article.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'2-10-2015

MP for the Ribble Valley Nigel Evans was given a tour of the Salmesbury base of brewing giants AB InBev.'Nigel with the finished article. PIC BY ROB LOCK'2-10-2015

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Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed the agreed £68 billion takeover of brewing giant SABMiller by its rival AB InBev, a major employer in the borough.

Its brewing site in Cuerdale Lane, Samlesbury employs almost 300 people to produce some of the world’s most recognisable beer brands such as Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck’s.

Mr Evans said: “I welcome the news that this deal looks to be going ahead.

“I firmly believe that it will secure the jobs currently at the Samlesbury site with the hope that the increased economies of scale will bring more jobs for our area.

“Ab InBev currently has around 300 of its 1,000 UK workforce at its site in the Ribble Valley and I would like to see this proportion rise after this deal.”

The brewing operation in Cuerdale Lane runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with an annual production of 440 million pints.