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14th February 2024

BBPA reacts to 4% Inflation in January

Reacting to the news inflation remained at 4% in January, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said:

“The continuation of inflation at 4% in January will do nothing to alleviate the significant pressure on the beer and pub sector that long ago ran out of room to absorb cost increases while also staying in business. Despite this, brewers and pubs have done everything in their power in the last 18 months to keep their prices down and keep a pint at your local affordable.

“The Government must take the opportunity of next month’s Budget to make the vital cuts to beer duty, long term reforms to business rates, and reduction in hospitality VAT to alleviate this pressure. This will allow pubs and breweries to start to recover from this period of cost rises and return to bringing prosperity and social value to their local communities.”


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About the British Beer & Pub Association

The BBPA represents businesses which between them brew over 90% of the beer sold in the UK and own 20,000 pubs.

Our members include international companies, national and local brewers and pub businesses operating managed and tenanted pubs in cities, towns and villages across the country.     These businesses are at the heart of communities and local economies and include family businesses who have been brewing beer and running pubs for hundreds of years alongside emerging brewers and pub operators.

The UK’s beer and pub industry supports close to 940,000 jobs

The industry adds £26.2billion to the UK’s economy each year


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