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Batemans Downsizes to Save Duty

News: July 2015

Lincolnshire brewery Batemans has revealed plans to cut beer production in order to save money on beer duty.

According to beer writer Roger Protz and the Propel business newsletter, the family-run brewery has seen output fall to around 18,000 barrels a year but is now planning to cut this to just 7,000, claiming that, because of the reduction in duty small producers enjoy, this will save the company £18 per barrel in beer duty.

The company will now primarily focus on three major brands – XB, XXXB and Gold – but hopes to increase production again should the duty regime change more in favour of middle-sized breweries.

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