The changing structure of UK brewing and pub retailing

KNOWLES, T. and EGAN, D. (2002). The changing structure of UK brewing and pub retailing. International journal of contemporary hospitality management, 14 (2), 65-71.

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This paper charts the major structural changes that have occurred in both UK brewing and pub retailing during the period 1989-2000. This has been a period of rapid and extensive changes in the UK brewing industry culminating in the strategic decision of two of the nation’s biggest breweries to sell off their brewing operations and, in the case of Whitbread, to sell off their public house estate and concentrate on their hotel and leisure interests. A key theme in the restructuring of the brewing industry has been the rapid consolidation of the brewing sector in an attempt to achieve economies of scale in production, distribution and marketing. This paper attempts to analyse the changes in the UK brewing industry from 1989, the year of publication of the MMC’s report, The Supply of Beer – A Report on the Supply of Beer for Retail Sale in the United Kingdom, which could be regarded as the catalyst to the restructuring of the UK brewing industry.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Service Sector Management
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Department of Service Sector Management
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Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 16:22

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