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31st October 2012


Butcombe, the West Country’s fastest growing brewery, recently short-listed for the 2012 IGD Food Industry Awards* has again been short-listed, this time for the inaugural ‘Made in South West’ Awards. The brewery’s entry focused on its recent achievements including:
  • a record year for beer sales despite the economic climate;
  • extending its distribution area from the company’s heartland in  the South West (Somerset, Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Dorset and Wiltshire), into the Cotswolds and Herefordshire;
  • the resounding success of its launch of ‘Rare Breed’ ale in conjunction with television presenter and Cotswold farmer, Adam Henson;
  • and its remarkable success in the off-trade, where over the past  eighteen months,  it has grown branded distribution and rate of sale to a point where Butcombe is now ranked 24th in the UK and 11th in Wales and West in terms of retail sales, growing at a remarkable 153%.**


South West Business Insider editor, Neil Tague, sponsor of the awards said: “The UK economy needs to be rebalanced and manufacturing has to play a big part – it’s time the best of our manufacturers were championed for their first-class work”.


Guy Newell, Managing Director of Butcombe Brewery said: “The team here works really hard and the past year has seen the fruits of that endeavour across the business.  It’s gratifying to be recognised by our peers and competitors and we are proud to have been short-listed.  With the IGD Awards we were up against blue-chip multi-national businesses and this time we are alongside some top West Country manufacturers.”


The results will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in Bristol on the 8th November 2012.


For further information visit or follow Butcombe Brewery on Facebook at Twitter: ButcombeBrewery 
Linkedin: UK Bottled Ale Group

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Note to editors:
*Institute of Grocery Distribution
**Source : Nielsen Scantrack Data 52 WE 23.06.12 Top 30 Suppliers


The short-list includes:  Westway Sausages, Burts Chips, Marshfield Baker, Thatchers Cider and Wyke Farms.  T


In 2005, Butcombe built the largest new-build brewery in the UK for the past 35 years and prides itself on being one of the most efficient and energy-conserving breweries in the UK, and is capable of producing 50,000 barrels of beer a year.   There are 32 people in the team at Butcombe – 18 in production and distribution, and fourteen covering all other aspects of running the brewery and a 21-strong managed pub estate.  Long Ashton Cider Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Butcombe Brewery Ltd.  Butcombe Brewery has a turnover of £19.1 million pounds (year ending February 2012).


For further press information on Butcombe Brewery or for high resolution images, please contact:


Gill Shaffer
Mint Communications
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Date of issue: October 2012