Yorkshire-based brewery T&R Theakston has reported a return to profitability in its latest annual report for the year ending 31 December 2022.
The family-controlled business, which has been brewing beers in Masham for almost 200 years, recorded a pre-tax profit of £18,000 for the period, compared with a £2,000 loss in the previous year.
This return to profitability comes as the business saw turnover increase by 14% to £6.7m in the same period, despite what the report notes as a third successive year “affected by external events”.
The report highlighted that 2022 began with the hangover of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, before further business challenges came following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent inflationary pressures contributing to the current cost of living crisis.
Russia’s invasion had a direct impact on the business, which decided to immediately cease all trade with the country, previously its largest export market.
Simon Theakston, joint managing director of T&R Theakston, commented on the results: “We’re pleased to report not only our return to profitability, but also that as custodians of the Theakston heritage, we continued to produce the high-quality beers that our customers in both the on and off trade markets have come to expect.
“As a business with almost 200 years of experience, we have seen our share of challenges, from wars to recessions, and most recently a pandemic. Throughout all these times however, we have remained steadfast in our belief that our beer and the British pub as an institution, are about much more than just a pint, they’re about bringing people together and acting as the focal points of the community in both the good times and bad.”
Whilst there has been a lot of industry comment regarding the rising price of beer, the report highlighted that T&R Theakston had worked to minimise increases in order to support its pub customers, who are caught between increased supplier costs, increased running costs of their own and consumers affected by inflationary pressures in the economy.
Looking to the future, the business is optimistic, thanks in part to having changed its sales model “significantly” by broadening its supply routes to the on trade and exploring new opportunities within the wider drinks market. These include the launch of a number of new ale brands, Theakston Paradise Gold cider, the growth of Spirit of Old Peculier, and the ongoing partnership with Ellers Farm Distillery to create a premium Yorkshire whisky using a wash brewed in the famous Theakston brewery.
Simon added: “With a healthy balance sheet and secure financial arrangements, we remain focused on growing our revenue and are excited about some of the upcoming opportunities to forge new partnerships and bring innovative new products to market.
“We have made a good start to the year and, as a result, the board of directors is confident that as trading conditions continue to improve and the economy stabilises, we will see a steady improvement towards pre-pandemic levels of profitability.”
The brewery has had a busy start to 2023 with a number of new sales hires, the launch of the Flying Frankie bar at York Racecourse and, most recently, the expanded listings for its Old Peculier and Best Bitter cans in Asda stores across the country.
To find out more information about Theakston, purchase its beers or book a brewery tour, please visit: https://www.theakstons.co.uk/.
About Theakston Brewery
Established in Masham, North Yorkshire in 1827, Theakston Brewery, with nearly 200 years of brewing expertise, is one of the UK’s oldest and most highly regarded traditional ale brewers. Operating as an independent brewer, it is the second largest of its kind under family control in the UK.
Theakston is one of just two breweries in the country still committed to making and repairing traditional oak casks, employing a full time qualified ‘Journeyman’ Cooper.
There are eight permanent brands in the Theakston range: Theakston Best Bitter, Theakston Old Peculier, Theakston Summit (Chilled Pale Ale), Theakston XB, Theakston Lightfoot, Theakston Barista Stout, Theakston Pale Ale and Theakston Dark Mild, along with a range of well-established seasonal ales. The Black Bull in Paradise, the Theakston Brewery Visitor Centre in Masham welcome visitors throughout the year.
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