Industry News

SIBA comments on the proposed new restriction limiting takeaway sales of beer from pubs and breweries

Commenting on the proposed new restriction limiting takeaway sales of beer from pubs and breweries, James Calder, SIBA Chief Executive said: “As if a second national lockdown in England wasn’t disastrous enough for pubs and independent breweries, Government have gone further this time around and introduced an unjustified restriction banning pubs from selling takeaway beer, […]

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Society of Independent Brewers respond to Tier 3 restrictions in South Yorkshire and extension of lockdown in Scotland

“The new Tier 3 restrictions in South Yorkshire and extension of the lockdown in Scotland to November will further drive hospitality over the edge; and without Government support for the independent breweries that supply 80% of their beer to pubs which are being forced to shut we are likely to see continued brewery closures. It […]

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The Drinks Trust’s ‘Brewery Workers End of Furlough Grant’

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the drinks and hospitality industries, and our colleagues in the brewing industry have been hit hard too. According to the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), brewing businesses lost as much as 80% of their trade overnight when pubs, bars and restaurants were closed in March. Additionally, the brewing […]

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Flying Firkin Distribution Ltd purchased by Marketing Management Services Ltd

Marketing Management Services Ltd (MMS) have today purchased Flying Firkin Distribution Ltd (FFD) from the company’s prior majority shareholder SIBA Commercial Services Ltd, following a competitive tender process. Nina Bates remains in place as minority shareholder. The value of the transaction was by reference to FFD’s current net asset value but the consideration has not […]

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CAMRA & SIBA comment on JD Wetherspoon promotional poster

Commenting on a promotional poster from JD Wetherspoon advertising lower prices for alcoholic drinks after the Government’s VAT reduction, please find below a joint comment from Tom Stainer, Chief Executive of CAMRA, and James Calder, Chief Executive of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA): “A recent promotional poster from pub chain JD Wetherspoon has made it […]

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Brewers need further support and certainty on when and how pubs can open, because opening alone won’t secure the future of the UK’s breweries


In a new survey of small independent brewers in the UK, conducted by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), 84% expect the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent social distancing measures to have a lasting negative impact on their business and 80% believe the Government are not doing enough to support small breweries. The survey found a […]

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Special ‘digital-only’ edition of SIBA Independent Brewer Magazine launches

Introduction by Caroline Nodder, Editor SIBA Independent Brewer Magazine. Link to full magazine below and here. Welcome to this special digital-only edition of SIBA’s Independent Brewer Magazine. As I sit down to write this column, I can’t believe it has only been two months since we launched the first issue of our newly renamed Independent […]

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