Drinks group C&C has reduced its workforce here by more than 30 as a result of the impact of Covid-19.

The company said the majority of the reductions, which happened over recent months, came through voluntary redundancies.

C&C's commercial and distribution teams on the island of Ireland, which includes Bulmers Ireland in the Republic of Ireland and Tennent's in Northern Ireland, were impacted.

"C&C Group continues to be severely impacted by Covid-19 and the prolonged closure of the hospitality industry," said Tom McCusker, Managing Director of C&C Group Ireland.

"To streamline the business and align our cost base to this challenging reality, we took the difficult decision to reduce our commercial and distribution teams across the island of Ireland by 34 people over the last few months, the majority of which were voluntary redundancies."

Mr McCusker added that while any job losses are regrettable, these were necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of the business in Ireland. 

"There are no further redundancies planned in Ireland," he added.

"However, as this crisis evolves we continue to review our operations to ensure we are positioned to overcome the current challenges and primed for the eventual reopening of the hospitality industry."

The group has a large portfolio of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including brands such as Bulmers, Magners and Tennent's, Blackthorn Cider, Santa Rita and Moondara wines, Tipperary Water and Finches.

Drinks companies have suffered significant reductions in pub and restaurant-based sales, because of the implementation of Covid-19 restrictions.

However, some of that loss has been offset by an uptick in off-licence and supermarket sales as people increase their consumption of drinks at home.