Heineken UK is the country's leading brewer as a result of its takeover of the local operations of Scottish & Newcastle in May 2008. In addition to the Heineken brand, its beers include Foster's - the UK's #2 packaged lager - John Smith's ale, Strongbow and Bulmers ciders and UK rights to French lager Kronenbourg 1664. The group acquired a minority stake in craft brand Beavertown in 2018. Local market share is around 24%, significantly ahead of its nearest rival. The group also operates a large estate of around 2,900 pubs trading under the banner of Star Pubs & Bars. David Forde is local managing director of Heineken UK. Turnover in 2016 was £1.1bn. Despite its size, Scottish & Newcastle had for many years featured high on the list of potential takeover targets in the rapidly consolidating beer market. In the 2008 takeover, the British company's assets were split between Heineken and bid partner Carlsberg. Heineken assumed control of S&N's core UK operations as well as interests in Portugal, Finland and India. Carlsberg took full control of Baltic Beverages, Russia's leading brewer, as well as S&N's French subsidiary Kronenbourg and its operations in Greece and China. The company continued to trade under the Scottish & Newcastle name until November 2009, when it became Heineken UK.
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Adbrands Weekly Update 15th Dec 2016: Heineken became involved in a bidding war for publicly quoted UK pubs operator Punch Taverns, facing off against that group's co-founder who is offering to take the business private. The Dutch brewer's bid values Punch at £386m, slightly lower than the rival bid from Alan McIntosh's Emerald Investment Partners vehicle. However, Heineken already owns a large pubs estate, in addition to its drinks portfolio, making its overall offer more attractive. If it is successful it is expected to add around 1,900 of Punch's outlets to its existing 1,000-strong estate. The remaining 1,400 pubs would be acquired by funding partner Patron Capital.
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