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Brigid Simmonds: a strong steer on the future relationship with the EU would boost pubs, beer sales

BBPA’s Simmonds: no deal Brexit to be avoided “at all costs”

The chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association this week warned that a no deal Brexit “should be avoided at all costs.”

Noting that pubs are finding that customers are spending less because of uncertainty of what the outcome of the Brexit process will be, Brigid Simmonds has called for clarity on the transition period following the 29th March deadline for the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. 

“The Chancellor’s decision in the Budget to freeze beer tax and lower business rates for thousands of pubs will make a huge difference to the viability of the sector moving forward, but Brexit looms large though and brewers and publicans alike need certainty,” she said.

“Clarity on the transition period from March 29th onwards and a strong steer on the future relationship with the EU would be a boost to the trade and beer sales. A no deal Brexit should be avoided at all costs.”

Meanwhile, a combination of sizzling world class football, abetted by the unexpected success of the England’s side in Russia, and a hot, hot summer has boosted beer sales in pubs in a big way. 

According to figures realised this week by the BBPA, during the third quarter of 2018 on-trade sales rose by 0.9%, equating to an additional 29,000 barrels of beer. It marks the first time in more than 15 years that beer sales have risen in pubs during July-September. 

Overall Q3 beer sales rose by 4.4%, marking the second consecutive quarter with a bump in the fortunes of brewers. The increase was driven by the off-trade with sales increasing 7.6% (272,000 barrels) in supermarkets and licensed retailers. 

Larry Nelson
7th December 2018

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