St Austell Brewery has announced it is to cut up to 100 jobs from its workforce.

The company said the pandemic has had a significant financial impact on its business with a 90% fall in revenue during lockdown. It’s now consulting with staff.

The operator and brewer owns more than 180 pubs across the wider South West, and in 2016 merged with Bath Ales.

St Austell is currently undergoing an organisational review which is expected to be finalised by the end of November.

Kevin Georgel, CEO, St Austell Brewery said: “Thanks to Government support we’ve been able to keep all of our people employed throughout the crisis however, as the furlough scheme tapers out, we can no longer maintain our current staffing levels.

“It’s with heavy hearts that we started to consult with our teams in July. It is a phased process and we will do our utmost to support those who are affected. We anticipate that a revised business structure will be in place by the end of November.

“Like all companies in the hospitality sector we must adapt to how the market has changed. Therefore, we need to simplify our business to become more sustainable, overcome the financial challenges we face and safeguard St Austell Brewery’s future.”