A NEW report into the state of the brewing industry has predicted that it is entering an ‘era that could prove especially momentous for the future of the trad’.
Burton-based the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) made the claim in its 2014 Beer Report, which offers a snapshot of the entire industry and has predicted a more progress for British beer and brewers over the coming weeks.
The report also predicted that the boom would see 900 new jobs created across the UK and beer production to continue to rise.
SIBA boss Keith Bott said: “In 2013, the beer duty escalator was scrapped, the headline duty rate was reduced for the first time since 1959 and we saw recognition from government that British brewing deserve to be singled out for ongoing policy development designed to reinforce our confidence further.
“As a direct result of this, together with everything else that has gone before, I have never felt strongly that we are entering an era that could prove especially momentous for the future of the industry.
“Over the past years we have conducted a strategic review of SIBA’s constitution and operation management structure.
“Today we are a much larger organisation that could possibly have been envisaged by 20 founding breweries 34 years ago.
“And as we have grown, we have never allowed ourselves to stagnate and risk failing to fulfil our evolving mission or responsibilities to our burgeoning membership.”
The number of SIBA members topped 723 during the past year, up from 651 in the previous 12 months.
Mr Bott added: “In order to be fit for purpose going forward, we are laying foundations that will enable us to rise to the challenges and take advantage of opportunities as they arise, whatever they may be.
“Research has highlighted the areas where members feel we should concentrate our efforts, enabling us to agree the values and principles that will inform and guide our plans.”
More details on SIBA and its plans for the future are available by heading to www. siba.co.uk