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Published:  23 July, 2008

After 70 years of brewing Guinness in London, Diageo is transferring production to Dublin, at a cost of 90 jobs. Come the summer of 2005, the Park Royal brewery in west London will close, to be replaced by an office development housing 1,000 Diageo sales and marketing staff. The company's St James's Gate brewery in Dublin will then cover the UK market, upping its production levels by 50% from four million hectolitres to six million. Gerry O'Hagan, supply director for Diageo's UK & Ireland brewing business, said: Sadly, around 90 Diageo jobs will be lost at Park Royal. This is particularly regrettable because of the excellent track record of our employees there. Our highest priority will be to support our people at Park Royal in working through this difficult period.' The Park Royal brewery opened in 1936, and was the first Guinness brewery outside Ireland.