Marston’s, one of the country’s biggest brewers, has said it has to raise prices by up to 45p due to the cost hike hitting the industry, sources said
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Beer drinkers have been hit hard by the cost of living crisis as Marston’s is reportedly raising its prices by 45p.
Many people are struggling to make ends meet due to inflation and soaring prices while struggling to heat their homes and put meals on the table.
Hospitality is impacted as well as costs are soaring and in pubs the cost of a pint of bitters has escalated over the past year.
Marston’s, one of the country’s largest breweries, has reportedly said a pint is likely to top £4 for the first time.
The company owns six breweries and more than 1,500 pubs and says it has been forced to raise prices due to rising prices, including energy.
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Prices at Marston’s will rise between 20p and 45p, with the average UK price for a pint being £3.96 The sun.
The cost of beer varies across the country, peaking in London where it averages £6 and £5.10 in Edinburgh, but also exceeds £4 in many cities including Liverpool and Birmingham.
“The price hike is a direct impact of the rising energy prices and utility costs being experienced by all businesses and homes across the country,” said a spokesman for Marston, The Sun reported.
The Covid pandemic has put pubs under “financial pressure”, said Nik Antona of the Campaign for Real Ale.
She said: “Our pubs have been under significant financial pressure after two years of lockdown, restrictions and partial closures, which is feeding these increases.
“From soaring utility bills and rising commodity costs to VAT hikes and the end of the bank holidays, pub owners are feeling the pressure from all sides.”
Meanwhile, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been branded contactless as Brits face the biggest drop in income since the 1950s.
He was asked by BBC Breakfast what food he thought would rise in price in supermarkets as inflation is expected to be close to 9% this year.
When the presenter said for her it was chips, he laughed and replied, “Probably I think bread probably is the thing. I’m sure the one we’re buying is around £1.20 now and it was around £1, from memory.”
When asked what kind of bread it was, he replied, “It’s a Hovis type of seed. We have a whole bunch of different ones – we all have different breads in my house, a certain level of health between my wife, me and my kids.”
It comes a day after Iceland’s boss said food bank users were “turning down potatoes and root vegetables because they can’t afford the energy to cook them”.
The household watchdog said that despite Rishi Sunak’s spring declaration cutting some taxes, Britons will face the worst fall in disposable income next year since records began nearly 70 YEARS ago.
The Mirror has reached out to Marston’s for comment.
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