COVID-19 Brewing Industry Survey Results + Infographic

The survey of 282 UK small independent brewers by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) was conducted from 9-14 April 2020 and shows:

Negative impact on the industry

  • 82% drop in beer sales amongst independent breweries
  • 65% of breweries have stopped brewing altogether, a further 31% saying it has slowed, 3% saying it has stayed the same, and just 1% saying it has increased
  • 81% of breweries believe the Government is not doing enough to support independent breweries
  • 54% breweries have not been able to access any of the existing Government assistance
  • 29% of breweries considering redundancies

HMRC ‘time to pay’ arrangements are not working for breweries

  • 61% of breweries who tried have been successful in accessing the Government’s ‘time to pay’ service
  • 1 in 10 brewers had money deducted from their accounts in error by HMRC last month

Independent breweries adapting to survive

  • 70% of breweries offering new delivery or takeaway services
  • 61% of breweries now offering free local delivery to their communities
  • 55% increase in online beer sales


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