Trade push for Brakspear beers with extra production capacity and new distribution

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Extra production capacity and a new distribution agreement are set to give a further push to WH Brakspear & Sons' beers.It has revealed that...

Extra production capacity and a new distribution agreement are set to give a further push to WH Brakspear & Sons' beers.

It has revealed that brewing volumes surged by 19 per cent last year on the back of a five per cent rise in sales of real ale despite an overall decline in the sector.

This pushed up annual pre-tax profits by 25 per cent to £3.1million and turnover by nine per cent to £15.2million.

This is set to continue after expansion of the brewery in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, and the handover of distribution to Scottish Courage's 11 depots in the South in two months.

Its joint venture with David Bruce, Honeypot Inns, has increased its managed houses from seven to 10.

Brakspear continues to look for new pubs for its 100-strong tenanted estate and last year boosted trade through improvements at 10 of the pubs.

The family brewer has increased its profile and its access to cash by joining the private Ofex share exchange.

Chief executive Jim Burrows said: "It's been a year of significant progress in all areas of the business."

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