Sacha Lord forecasts up to 20p increase in cost of a pint

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Sacha Lord (pictured): cost of a pint could increase by as much as 20p in coming months
Sacha Lord (pictured): cost of a pint could increase by as much as 20p in coming months

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Night-Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, Sacha Lord, has forecasted a 16 to 20p rise in the cost of an average pint over the next 3 months as inflation, increased VAT pressures, and surging gas prices hit hospitality operators.

This comes as the reduced rate of VAT​ at 12.5% for hospitality ends today, increasing to 20%. 

Lord​ said: "Our sector looks like it's back to normal with the naked eye, but behind the scenes, operators are barely breaking even. 

Additional rise

“Many operators​ will be forced to increase customer prices by around 4 to 5% simply to stay afloat and this additional rise will be noticeable to punters.”

Earlier this month, national pub chain JD Wetherspoon​ announced it had already increased its prices by 10p across its venues (20p in London) to counter rising costs.

Young’s chief executive Patrick Dardis​ also warned of price rises of over 70p a pint​ by Christmas 2022 due to the significant increase in grain prices and energy bills,​ with some produce and ingredient costs​ already having risen 3-fold in the past 6 months as supply chain, logistics costs and order backlogs take hold. 

Precarious situation

Almost two fifths of operators have already been forced to cut trading hours​ to combat cost increases​ across the board, according to a poll conducted by trade organisations UKHospitality​, the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and Hospitality Ulster this March.

Lord added: "Landlords are trying their best in what is a financially precarious situation for many and putting prices up isn't something they will want to do.

“I believe most will try to keep price increases lower than the current 6.2% inflation rate to keep customers coming in and will look to cut costs elsewhere such in their supply chains or even by reducing trading hours and cutting staff hours."

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