But the Dutch brewer added that cider volumes in the UK “grew strongly”. The company is now the ultimate brand owner of Scottish & Newcastle’s former Bulmers portfolio, including the market-leading Strongbow.
In a trading update issued today (April 22), Heineken said: “Consolidated beer volume grew 12%, due to the first-time consolidation of Scottish & Newcastle and other acquired businesses.
“Organically, consolidated beer volume declined 6.3% as lower volumes in Europe and the Americas were only partly offset by continued strong volume growth in Africa and, to a lesser extent, Asia-Pacific.”
Organically, Heineken’s revenues declined by 1% due to lower volumes and unfavourable exchange rate movements, though it said that “better pricing” had been a positive influence.
The company said it would continue to find ways of reducing debt, improving the performance of S&N, and maintaining the price positioning of key brands.