Local brewers 'resilient' in recession

19 February, 2010

Three-quarters of all local brewers recorded volume growth in 2009, according to the annual Local Brewing Industry Report, published today by the Society of Independent Brewers.

The report said on average, local brewers achieved a 17% increase in turnover and volume sales growth of 3.75% “in a year of deep recession”. They also brewed more than a million hectolitres for the first time.

Sales of bottled beer from SIBA members’ beers have seen continuing growth, as brewers increasingly see the value of packaging their beers as a specialist category. Packaged volumes were up 16% last year, to take a 15.6% share of total sales.

SIBA’s chief executive Julian Grocock said: “Over 60% of our members were founded after 2000, so the current recession is the most severe they have traded through. That the vast majority managed a sales uplift last year and are anticipating the same in 2010 speaks volumes about the resilience and resourcefulness of the UK’s quality independent brewers.”

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