Clare Moody MEP visits SIBA Chairman’s Exe Valley Brewery
Supporting the South West’s craft brewers has been shown to be high on the agenda for Clare Moody MEP following her visit to Exe Valley Brewery in Devon.
The MEP for the South West and Gibraltar was shown around the brewery by Guy Sheppard, Chairman of The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), one of many brewers involved in running the not-for-profit trade organisation, who represent Britain’s independent craft brewers.
Clare Moody MEP had this to say on the importance of supporting Britain’s growing number of craft brewers,
“It was fantastic to be given a tour of the Exe Valley Brewery and learn more about the brewing process and the industry itself. Small Brewers make a vital contribution to the economy nationally but with over a third of brewery workers living in the same town or village as their brewery and a further 29% living within five miles the economic boost is being felt locally as well.” Claire Moody MEP.
SIBA represent the UK’s independent craft brewers, a section of the market which has grown massively in recent years thanks to a growth in interest from consumers, looking for interesting beers in cask and bottle, but increasingly other formats such as keg and can too.
“It is heartening to see MPs and MEPs such as Clare Moody taking such a keen interest in what is a very important British industry. British brewing is a huge success story and we now have more breweries per head than anywhere else in the world, providing jobs and boosting local economies across the UK. In the South West region alone SIBA has 161 members including Exe Valley, showing how important brewing has become to the local economy.” Guy Sheppard, SIBA Chairman.