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Environment / 17 October 2018

BBPA responds to study suggesting that beer prices could double

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented:

“This research is right to raise concerns over the impact of global climate change on agriculture and farming. However, the longer term impacts for barley production are complex and harder to predict. 

“It is important to remember that the UK is a net exporter of barley, meaning we are less dependent on supply from other global producers. Likewise, the overwhelming majority of barley produced here in the UK is already produced for animal feed, not for brewing beer.

“When it comes to the price of a pint however, the costs of brewing ingredients account for a relatively small percentage overall. Of far more immediate concern are taxation and business costs. We already pay some of the highest tax on beer in Europe and beer duty is set to increase in the Chancellor’s Budget by £107 million. This is far more likely to result in UK consumers paying more for their favourite alcoholic beverage!”

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