Double blow for drinkers as price of pint and peanuts rises by 10p

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Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 1:40 AM on 2nd January 2012

Drinkers who enjoy a little snack with their pint are facing a double whammy – the price of beer and nuts is going up.

Poor harvests have pushed up the price of malting barley, forcing  brewers – already battling VAT and duty rises and soaring fuel and energy bills – to make the increase from today.

Industry experts said drinkers will have to pay 7p to 10p extra, taking up the average price of a pint to £3.10.

Bad news: Drinkers who enjoy a little snack with their pint are facing a double whammy ¿ the price of beer and nuts is going up

Bad news: Drinkers who enjoy a little snack with their pint are facing a double whammy – the price of beer and nuts is going up

Molson Coors is increasing wholesale prices for Worthington’s. Carlsberg UK is doing the same, by about 7p a pint, affecting Carlsberg, San Miguel, Tuborg and Staropramen.

Malting barley has risen 136 per cent in the past two years, The Grocer reported.

Peanuts will also cost more, after drought hit crops in China and India. It is not yet known how this will affect prices, but a 20 per cent hike could take a 50p packet of peanuts up to 60p.

Rise: Peanuts are also going to cost more, after drought hit crops in China and India

Rise: Peanuts are also going to cost more, after drought hit crops in China and India

David Heede, finance director at Molson Coors UK Ireland, said: ‘The increase is due to rising prices that affect all brewers, especially a sharp increase in energy, raw materials and distribution costs.

‘Last year, we put through a lower price increase in spite of the rising costs we knew were coming.

‘We have worked hard to absorb these costs to minimise the increase required as we understand the difficult trading conditions facing our customers. Unfortunately, there comes a point when we have to pass some of these on.

‘We will continue to take the long term view to grow the beer category and do our best to manage these costs while offering our customers well-supported beer brands.’

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Wait until budget day the same old excuse “as from midnight tonight beer, cigerettes tobacco will rise with inflation” The smoker, drinker, car owner clobbered as per the norm. Not forgetting crisps peanuts already have the 20% VAT ball chain attached to the packets.

No price increases here in Thailand , perhaps the beer manufacturers are not able to rip people off so easily as in Britain .
oh and most of the beers are imported

People will just drink fewer drinks or not bother going to the pub at all at get their alcohol from the supermarket. They can increase the cost of a pint all they like, but wages aren’t going up so people will drink less.

Where I live Not England the price of a pint is about a £1 and that for 6.5% stuff. Tax VAT and the like’s is what pushes the price up. Not long now and all the pub’s will be closed. RIP.

Yes, there are pressures to increase the price of beer but soon there won’t be anybody in the pub at all -no wonder people go to France for their booze and cigs.

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