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20th August 2020

Carlsberg-Marston’s merger must not damage British beers, brands and breweries – CAMRA

Responding to the decision by the Competition and Markets Authority to launch a Phase 1 investigation into the proposed joint venture beer company between Carlsberg and Marston’s, CAMRA Chief Executive Tom Stainer said:

“CAMRA is pleased that the Competition and Markets Authority has listened to our calls and opened an initial investigation into the proposed Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company.

“We will now be asking the CMA to move to a full investigation, given our serious concerns about anti-competitive effects of the Joint Venture, including market foreclosure for small brewers, which will reduce choice for beer drinkers and pub-goers.

“This is why the CMA must make sure that any merger does not stifle fair competition, access to market for brewers, and ensure decent consumer choice of beer in pubs up and down the country.”


Notes to editors: 

More details about the Competition and Markets Authority’s inquiry are available here:

On 25th June and again on 13th July CAMRA wrote to the Chief Executive of the CMA to urge the Authority to investigate the joint venture. More details are available here:

About CAMRA:  

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 192,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

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