North West Wales

Porthmadog drinks firm Dawsons fined for relabeling beer

Caernarfon Magistrates' Court Image copyright Google
Image caption The company was fined at Caernarfon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday

A drinks wholesalers that changed best before dates on beer barrels has been ordered to pay more than £11,000 in fines and costs.

Dawsons (Wales), based in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, relabelled 54 beer barrels with false batch numbers, barcodes, and durability dates.

Private investigators working on behalf of Heineken tipped off council staff.

The firm admitted labelling breaches at Caernarfon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

The company pleaded guilty to carrying out business for a fraudulent purpose and three other offences, including misleading advertising.

The firm's solicitor told the court the relabelled barrels were a "tiny proportion" of the business and the company had co-operated fully with the investigation.

Dawsons was established more than 30 years ago and supplies drinks to pubs, restaurants and festivals in north Wales.