Bruce Ray, corporate affairs director for Northampton based Carlsberg UK, comments:
“The chancellor’s announcement of a rise in beer tax is disappointing news for all of us involved in brewing and selling beer, and particularly those people who enjoy a glass of beer in the pub.
“Last year’s freeze in beer tax supported investment into the growth and innovation in pubs and breweries – demonstrating the crucial social and economic contribution that our industry makes to the UK. This increase simply risks undoing that good work.
“This year’s increase will be very damaging to an industry which routinely innovates, creates new jobs, and ultimately supports our beer-loving nation.”