Annual beer sales up but on-trade slides

By James Wallin, M&C Report

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The BBPA said unused stocks of beer from the World Cup had skewed the figures
The BBPA said unused stocks of beer from the World Cup had skewed the figures
Off-trade beer sales continued to drive growth as the on-trade slipped 0.7%, according to the British Beer & Pub Association’s Quarter 3 Beer Barometer.

While annual beer sales for the year ending 30 September were up 1.4%, this was driven by the 3.6% growth in the off-trade. Even so, comparing Q3 directly with last year total sales were down 3.8%, with the on-trade falling 1.6%.

The BBPA pointed out that Q3 sales this year were still higher than 2012 and said unused stocks of beer from the World Cup had skewed the figures.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive, said: “We are seeing a very encouraging recovery in UK beer sales, but there is certainly a way to go, after a long period of declining volumes.

“We’ve seen a boost in investment and jobs as a result of the last two budgets with their one pence duty cuts, and major industry campaigns, such as ‘There’s a Beer for That’ show that the UK beer category is increasingly on the front foot.

"Another beer duty cut in March would really help the industry to continue this recovery.”

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3 comments

April fools day is back again

Posted by Anti-Pub Self Regulation,

What utter rubbish by the BBPA.

Applying the BBPA's "logic" if Punch and Enterprise reduced their tied prices by 5p a pint, they will be debt free and paying dividends within a year.

Let me now go and read to my daughter...her books have far more realism than the fantasy world of the BBPA.

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Duty Fraud

Posted by Trade Stalwart,

The other beer sales in growth is duty fraud which HMRC estimate is growing at 10% a year, the investigation by the BBC found british brewers over supply the export market by @140m litres a year. The arrests in recent weeks show the scale of the problem £40m in just one gang, can the BBPA members help by printing export stickers, apparently not its just too much of a cost to mark bottles and cans and help prevent this massive and growing crime http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/fourteen-arrested-over-40m-alcohol-fraud/

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On-Sales Down

Posted by Peter Comber,

My on-sales beer sales are down. My pub takings are struggling against the retched off-sales in supermarkets.
My "busy" Friday & Saturday now starts at 10.00 after the occaisional crowd have up- loaded on home drinking.

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