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Independent Brewers call on Tory leadership contenders to back craft on beer duty reform

Today, the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has written to the two Conservative leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt calling on them to back small British independent brewers. SIBA has written to the contenders asking them to rule out any reductions in Small Breweries’ Relief (SBR) and back positive reform, which is currently being […]

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James Calder to become SIBA Chief Executive

SIBA’s board has today (13th June) announced the appointment of James Calder as its new Chief Executive. He will officially take the role up on the 1stJuly, replacing Mike Benner who is leaving to become Chief Executive of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. James, who is currently SIBA’s Head of Public Affairs and Communications […]

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Benner to leave SIBA to take up new post

Mike Benner is to leave his post as Chief Executive of SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, at the end of June after five years. He has accepted a new role as Chief Executive of APIL, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, representing and campaigning for the rights of injured people. Mike said, “I am […]

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New Portman Group Code guidance will damage the market for specialty beers like Imperial Stouts, Porters and IPAs

Today, the Portman Group have published the sixth version of the Code of Practice on the Naming, Packaging and Promotion of Alcoholic Drinks. SIBA say that whilst much of the updated code is sensible and includes new measures to prevent alcohol packaging causing serious or widespread offence, protection for the vulnerable in society and preventing […]

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SIBA comments on DEFRA consultations on waste

Commenting on the consultations published today by DEFRA on tackling Britain’s waste, SIBA’s Head of Public Affairs and Communications James Calder said: “Britain’s small independent brewers want to see the amount of recycled and re-used material go up, litter go down and the costs of new cans and bottles to drop through increased use of […]

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