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BREWING and pubs business Belhaven delivered another sparkling performance yesterday, even as parent company Greene King reported a sales slowdown and warned of "fragile" consumer confidence.
SALES of Belhaven Best – the star performer in parent group Greene King's sprawling beer portfolio – have continued to defy the downturn in Scotland's ale market, rising 14.9 per cent rise since May.
GREENE King will continue to seek pub acquisitions north of the Border after swallowing seven more outlets and raising a glass to double-digit sales growth at its Belhaven brewing arm.
BELHAVEN chiefs have moved to calm fears over the future of one of the country's oldest breweries, saying the firm was committed to brewing beer in Scotland.
CUTS in public spending are a "dark cloud" over the recession-defying success of Belhaven, the head of the pubs and brewing company has warned.
ROBUST trading in Scotland bolstered the latest update from Greene King yesterday, despite the company saying wider consumer confidence and spending were flagging.
DUNBAR-BASED pub group Belhaven has overcome market gloom with a strong increase in sales, despite "challenging" conditions.
BELHAVEN Best has become Scotland's fifth-best selling on-trade alcohol brand.
DEMAND for Belhaven Best has jumped again since the start of the current business year, owner Greene King said.
CARLING, part of the US-based Coors group, is to wage a full-scale war on Scottish & Newcastle and Belhaven with the launch of a new beer and a multimillion-pound marketing push north of the Border.
THEY sound more like the ingredients of a cocktail than the basis of a good pint.
GREENE King, the owner of the Belhaven beer brand, said its pubs north of the Border had performed well in their first winter since the smoking ban was introduced.
A VIGOROUS performance by its Scottish Belhaven division helped to drive a strong interim profits performance at major British regional brewer Greene King.
A LOTHIANS MP who backs the ban on smoking in public places has been snubbed by a brewery in her constituency.
GREENE King said today that profit at both the brewing and pubs divisions of Belhaven had increased since it came into the group's ownership last year.
BELHAVEN Brewery owner Greene King has snapped up the 174-year-old Hardys & Hansons group in a £270 million deal.
EAST Lothian brewer Belhaven has acquired the Strathkinness Tavern near St Andrews in Fife.
BELHAVEN, the Scottish brewer and pub owner bought last autumn by regional brewer Greene King for £190 million, has revealed a 9 per cent rise in sales volumes for the year so far of its flagship brand, Belhaven Best.