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18th December 2014

TTIP trade talks – BBPA speaks up for level playing field for beer in new CBI report

BBPABBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds features in ‘Five top reasons to support TTIP’, a new publication from the CBI today, promoting the benefits of TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).


Brigid Simmonds calls for tax and trade fairness for beer via the trade deal, currently being negotiated between the EU and the US to boost trade and investment across the Atlantic.


“TTIP provides a once in a generation opportunity to challenge a policy that discriminates against British brewers,” writes Brigid Simmonds.


“Every pint of British Beer exported by a smaller brewer incurs 157% more federal tax than a pint from a US brewer of the same size, whereas in the UK American brewers pay the same as our domestic brewers.


“Tackling this inequality could be worth millions to the British beer industry and economy – creating jobs here at home as well as helping Americans to enjoy our great British brews.”


The BBPA has also worked with the National Association of Cidermakers and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), with the establishment of a new export delivery plan to grow beer and cider exports in 2014 and 2015.




Notes to editors

CBI news release here:

British beer and cider export delivery plan here

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.



Neil Williams

Head of Media

British Beer & Pub Association

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