Licensees face wholesale beer price increases

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Brewers said the increases are due to rising production and supply costs
Brewers said the increases are due to rising production and supply costs
Three major brewers have revealed their wholesale beer price rises for 2015, with licensees facing hikes of up to 5p per pint in some instances.

Heineken will be increasing the prices of both draught and packaged beers and ciders from 2 February, with an 11 gallon keg of Foster’s rising by £5.05 and an 11 gallon keg of Strongbow rising by £4.58.

A spokesman said: “We fully appreciate that price rises are never popular, but can assure our customers that we have done all we can to keep these rises to a minimum.

“We will continue to invest significantly in 2015 in our brands, innovation and dispense quality to encourage drinkers out of the house and into great British pubs, clubs and bars.”

'Rising input prices'

Molson Coors said the cost of all draught products will increase by approximately 5p per pint due to “rising input prices”.

Finance director Simon Kerry said: “At Molson Coors we have continued to work hard to cut costs associated with the production and supply of our beers in order to keep the level of increase to a minimum. We continue to take the long term view, investing to deliver great customer service and well supported beer brands.”

Meanwhile, Carlsberg UK put up prices on beers, lagers and ciders by between 2.9% and 3.6% on 5 January.

On-trade sales director Darran Britton said: “Like many manufacturers and brewers, the costs associated with running our business continue to rise.

“We are aware it’s a challenging market for our customers and we have absorbed as much cost as possible to ensure we remain competitively priced.”

AB InBev said it has no price rises to announce at this time.

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Update By Mike Berry, PMA Deputy Editor

Posted by Joe Burlo,

Thank you Mr.Berry.

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Update

Posted by Mike Berry, PMA deputy editor,

For info to those that have commented on this thread, we have asked the brewers to explain their reasons for implementing price increases on their products in greater detail, and are awaiting responses.

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Price Increase

Posted by Paddy,

How do Wholesale Brewers justify increases
When all other costs are going down
The main one is fuel decrease. This new increase is going to put a lot of small publicans out of business . Yet all the while supermarkets are getting cheaper.The government needs to step in
Inflation is down. Fuel Cost is down
But Pubs have to have price rise

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