Cains brewery is to embark on a multi-million pound acquisition programme by expanding its estate to 100 public houses by 2007. The brewery has decided to switch seven of its 11 pubs from managed houses to tenancies ahead of the move. Sudarghara Dusanj, one of the company’s joint managing directors, said: "Cains Brewery has proved there is a future for a forward-thinking regional brewery. We have turned this company around with the help of a great team that share our entrepreneurial approach. "We want this attitude to extend to the running of our pubs and making them tenanted will help us to achieve this. "We are expecting to make a small profit this year, compared to a loss last year. Then we had to meet costs such as redundancies. "We will be expanding our estate using our own resources and funding from our bankers. There has been a steady increase in the number of public houses coming onto the market in the past few years and we will consider purchases in our core area which stretches from Southport through Merseyside, Wirral to Chester."