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2nd December 2014

Butcombe Brewery’s Supermarket Sales Continue to Soar – Dr Liam Fox, MP for North Somerset, Praises the Company’s success

Butcombe, the fastest growing brewery in the South West, continues to enjoy significant success in the supermarkets with sales growing at 21.6% in past twelve months against, a very strong market growth of 12.8%*

Over the past four years, from a standing start, Butcombe has grown its branded distribution and rate of sale to a point where it is now ranked 24th in the UK and 12th in Wales and West in terms of retail* selling over a million bottles a year.

Dr Liam Fox, Conservative MP for North Somerset, who recently visited Butcombe said: “I’m delighted at the success of the brewery and congratulate the whole team, Butcombe Gold is my favourite beer.”

Butcombe’s brands are now listed nationally in Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Waitrose with regional listings in Tesco, Asda and the Co-op.  The Company has recently been recognised for its remarkable achievements winning SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) Brewery Business of the Year in 2014, Made in the UK Food & Drink Award 2014 and Made in the South-West Food & Drink Award 2013.  The brewery was also a finalist in the prestigious IGD Business Transformation Awards in 2012.

Butcombe is the only brewer to have developed its own dedicated bottled beer website (   The Company also produces a Premium Bottled Ale report which is issued monthly to all key decision makers and buyers and has launched a UK Bottled Ale Group on linked-in, Facebook and twitter.  The brewer has also recently launched a cookery book, ‘Cooking with Beer & Cider’, which started selling through Tesco stores located in the South West from August 2014.

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Notes to editors:

*Nielsen Scantrack 52 weeks to June 2014

(Pictured l-r) Martin Holland, Off-Trade Sales Director, Butcombe Brewery with Dr Liam Fox MP for North Somerset


Background on Butcombe Brewery

In 2005, Butcombe constructed 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. It is capable of producing 50,000 barrels of beer a year.

Butcombe’s core range of cask-ale beers includes: Butcombe Bitter, Adam Henson’s Rare Breed Pale Ale and Butcombe Gold as well as a range of seasonal and World Beers.

There are 32 people in the team at Butcombe – 18 in production and distribution, and 14 covering all other aspects of running the brewery and a 19-strong managed pub estate.  Long Ashton Cider Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Butcombe Brewery Ltd which produces two highly successful brands, Ashton Press Cider and Ashton Still Traditional.


For further press information on Butcombe Brewery please contact:


Gill Shaffer

Mint Communications

Mobile: 00 44 (0) 7958 989124

(00 44 (0)17992 18353 *


Date of issue: December 2014
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