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.”