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  • Andrew Strauss confirmed as guest speaker for BBPA Annual Dinner & Awards 2019

    13 September 2019

    Former England Cricket Captain Sir Andrew Strauss has today been announced as the guest speaker for the BBPA’s Annual Dinner & Awards 2019 at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London. Among the world’s most respected players, Strauss is one of only three England captains in history to secure Ashes victories both home and away. Under his stewardship, the national side was ranked the top Test team in the world. One of the finest batsmen in the game, Strauss scored over 7,000 runs in his career. A resourceful and dependable opening bat, he often made valuable contributions in tricky situations and was always recognised for his leadership and professionalism. Off the field Strauss was equally popular with supporters and media, doing an enormous amount to promote Cricket. He retired from the pitch after his 100th Test and took to commentary work with Sky, before becoming the first Director of Cricket for the national team. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “Andrew is recognised across the globe for being one of cricketing’s greats. His experience as the England cricket team captain, turning the national side around to become the best in the world, makes him a fascinating speaker. I admire him as a person and am delighted at his award of a knighthood, so very much look forward to what he has to say at our dinner.” Places are filling up fast for the BBPA Annual Dinner & Awards 2019, run in partnership with Pub & Bar magazine. The evening brings together business leaders in the brewing and pub sector, key industry stakeholders and parliamentarians, to celebrate the outstanding achievements of key individuals and organisations within the sector. To book either a table or individual tickets for the Annual Dinner, visit the dedicated booking website, or contact

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  • BBPA welcomes policy U-turn on international students

    11 September 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today welcomed a policy U-turn by the Government, which means that international students will be allowed to stay in the UK for two years after graduating from 2021. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “With 24% of employees in UK pubs coming from overseas – rising up to 40% in some metropolitan areas – and 42% also being under the age of 25, letting international students stay in the UK for two years after graduating is welcome news for our sector – particularly as we face a real skills shortage.”

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  • Q2 Beer Barometer 2019 – Beer sales fall across the bar

    11 September 2019

      Total beer sales decreased by 2.2% in Q2 2019 on the same period in 2018 In the on-trade (e.g. pubs), beer sales decreased by 2.8% on the same quarter in 2018 Off-trade sales of beer decreased by 1.7% on the same quarter in 2018 Beer sales in the second quarter of 2019 were down 2.2% on the same period in 2018, according to the latest Beer Barometer sales data from the British Beer & Pub Association. The slump was driven by falling beer sales in what is known as the on-trade, otherwise referred to as pubs and bars, which decreased by 2.8% on the same period in 2018. Sales of beer in the off-trade, which refers to outlets such as supermarkets and off-licence shops, also fell – decreasing by 1.7% on the same quarter in 2018. The BBPA has highlighted that the decline was against a particularly strong Q2 2018, where sales were boosted by a long period of good weather and the group stages of the World Cup. Beer sales in the on-trade, however, remain under considerable pressure generally with pub numbers continuing to decline as a result of high taxes including beer duty. The BBPA has been clear that measures need to be taken by the Chancellor to at the very least cut, or if not, freeze, beer duty in the Budget. Without doubt this will help many community pubs to survive, it says. At the moment, public finances include an inflation linked increase in beer duty. The BBPA is therefore continuing to support the “Long Live The Local” campaign – from Britain’s Beer Alliance – which is calling for a cut in beer duty to decrease the significant cost pressures pubs face and help give them a boost.  The trade association also supports action on business rates, which it claims are overdue for reform. Speaking on the Q2 Beer Barometer, Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Britain’s beer industry is a world-class manufacturing sector. Together, brewing and pubs support 900,000 jobs in towns and villages across the UK. As the nation’s favourite alcoholic drink, it is important that the Chancellor supports beer and the pubs that serve it in their local communities. “We know that cuts and freezes to beer duty make a big difference in helping pubs and boosting beer sales. There is a very real threat, however, that the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, will increase beer duty at the next Budget. After two back-to-back beer duty freezes in 2017 and 2018, an increase would be a big step back. What we really need is a beer duty cut to give pubs a big boost.”   Download the full Q2 2019 Beer Barometer spreadsheet here

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  • BBPA responds to possible return of duty-free

    10 September 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today responded to the announcement by Chancellor Sajid Javid that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, duty-free shopping in EU countries will return. The decision to bring back duty-free shopping in UK ports, airports and international train stations would mean people travelling to the EU from the UK would not have to pay excise duties on alcohol in a duty-free shop. It would also give travellers a new option to buy limited amounts of alcohol in duty-free shops in Europe and bring it back to the UK. At present, people who travel back to the UK from the EU can bring back unlimited amounts of alcohol for their own use, if they pay duty in Europe (although there is some guidance on this from HMRC). This would still continue. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “Brewing and pubs are vital attractions for our tourism industry and boost UK exports too. In fact, many tourists who drink beer in the UK take it back home too. Enabling European tourists to buy British beer duty-free and share it with friends and family back home can only help in promoting our beer exports overseas. “Restrictions on the amount of beer that could be brought into the UK duty free are welcome. 82% of the beer consumed in Britain is brewed in Britain, using many British ingredients such as malting barley, so it is imperative we continue to support our own brewing industry. In the event of a no-deal scenario, it is also extremely important that the Government acts to ensure the existing system that allows beer to move around Europe seamlessly is maintained with minimal disruption. “Deal or no-deal Brexit, if the Chancellor is serious about supporting British brewers, beer drinkers and pubs, then he should cut beer duty in his next Budget. We pay the third highest beer duty in Europe and 11 times more beer duty than Germany.”

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  • BBPA supports labelling ingredients and calorie values on all beer bottles and cans in the EU by 2022

    06 September 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) committing to encourage all its members to label ingredients and calorie values on all beer bottles and cans in the EU by 2022. The BBPA signed the MoU as part of its membership to The Brewers of Europe, which brings together national brewers’ associations from 29 European countries and provides a voice to support the united interests of Europe’s 9,500 plus breweries. The purpose of the MoU is to encourage producers to voluntarily declare relevant ingredient and calorie information on the labels of their products. Trade associations commit to supporting these efforts and to collect national data to allow the Brewers of Europe to report on progress to the European Commission. The MoU is open to companies and associations from all alcoholic beverage sectors, provided that the signatory fully endorses the MoU and its commitment to the on-pack labelling of both ingredients and calorie values. This commitment is driven by the recognition that consumers wish to receive understandable, recognisable, comparable and accurate information for all alcoholic beverages. In the last four years, brewers have been rolling out ingredients and calorie labelling voluntarily in full accordance with Regulation (EU) 1169/20111. British brewers have been making progress towards declaring consumer information already, with 70% of beers in the UK already labelling calories and 50% featuring an ingredients list. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, who signed the memorandum of understanding on behalf of the trade association and the members it represents, commented: “Consumers want more details on what their beer contains and are conscious about calories too. They also want this information to be clear and transparent. In signing this memorandum of understanding, we are encouraging our members to display more information about calorie values and ingredients on cans and bottles of beer.”

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  • British brewers decrease their CO2 emissions by 42%

    21 August 2019

    Total CO2 emissions from the UK’s brewing industry have fallen by 42% in the last decade (2008 to 2018) – a reduction of 202,952 tonnes – according to new research conducted by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). The research also found that the energy used to brew a pint of beer in the UK is now 20% less than it was in 2008. The water required to brew one hectolitre of beer has also reduced to an average of just 3.5 hectolitres. Separate data from the Environment Agency acquired by the BBPA also found that UK breweries now recover and re-use 98% of their waste.[1] The research, published in a new report by the BBPA, called ‘Brewing Green: A Greener Future for British Beer & Pubs’, comes as the UK’s brewing and pub sectors begin setting their next sustainability targets to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 100% of pub operators surveyed by the BBPA for the report stated that reducing food waste and improving energy efficiency was important or very important to them. When it came to food waste, all pubs surveyed said they had trained staff on how to reduce food waste, with 86% now offering smaller portion sizes to customers to help further reduce waste. When it came to improving energy efficiency, 83% of pub operators surveyed said they used insulated cellars in their pubs to reduce energy consumption. 71% also said they had smart meters installed in their pubs. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Britain’s brewing and pub sectors are amongst the oldest and most revered around the world. To maintain this reputation, we must brew our beer and serve our pub-goers in a sustainable way. “From reducing emissions to lowering waste, Britain’s breweries and pubs are determined to be world leaders in environmental sustainability and meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.”   Kristin Wolfe, Legal & Corporate Affairs Director at Molson Coors UK & Ireland, said: “As brewers we have an important role to play in helping to create a more sustainable future. We have always taken seriously our responsibility to brew sustainably and Our Beer Print 2025 sustainability targets are a testament to that commitment. We recently updated these targets with our new global packaging goals to reduce plastic in our packaging, which include our pledge in the UK to remove plastic from the packaging of our Carling and Coors Light brands by April 2021. “We have to take a truly comprehensive and ambitious approach to sustainability. We’re committing to achieving science-based targets to lower absolute carbon emissions by 50% within our own operations and by 20% across our value chain by 2025, which are aggressive enough to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius pathway and the Paris Climate Agreement.”   David Paterson, Corporate Affairs Director, HEINEKEN, said: “We embed sustainability across our entire value chain at HEINEKEN, from growing the barley and apples that go into our beers and ciders, to working with our customers and licensees to serve a great quality pint as sustainably as possible. We’re working hard to reduce CO2, water and single use plastics in our own business. However, we’re also passionate about helping our customers to improve their sustainability and that’s where SmartDispense is making a real impact for licensees. In five years, its saved 72m pints of water and 207 tonnes of CO2, whilst being a part of the original closed loop system - serving a pint from a keg into a glass.”   Paula Lindenberg, UK President, Budweiser Brewing Group UK & I, said: “Taking a sustainable approach to brewing is critical for the future of our sector. That’s why sustainability is not just a part of our business – it is our business. “At Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, sustainability is embedded across everything we do; from our farmers to our packaging, supply chain and operations. At our breweries, our investment in green technology has helped us to reduce our energy usage by 10% over the past year, while water consumption is down 13% compared to five years ago. “We strive to help make the world a better place and we understand that it starts with us.”    Dr Andy Wood, CEO of Adnams, said: “Sustainability has been in our DNA for decades and is ingrained in everything we do. As one of the most energy efficient breweries and distilleries in the UK, we enjoy learning from others and also sharing our sustainability stories to educate and inspire both ourselves and others to make changes. The trust of our customers, in what we do and how we do it, means so much. Our sustainability stories are real, worthwhile and all about doing the right thing.”   Simon Townsend, Ei Group Chief Executive, said: “As the UK’s largest pub company, becoming a greener business is of fundamental importance to us and we have introduced a number of tailored initiatives across our managed and leased and tenanted divisions to reduce our environmental impact. “As consumer focus on sustainable purchasing and responsible business increases, so does our continual pursuit of reducing energy consumption across our estate through adopting forward-thinking green initiatives. These include offering electric car charging points in pub car parks and targeted upgrades to heating and cooling equipment in pubs.”   [1] Environment Agency data, provided by individual pub operators to the Environment Agency

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