Xmas sales boost for 150-year-old Burnley brewery

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Moorhouse’s Brewery has entered its 150th anniversary year with business confidence bolstered by outstanding festive sales.

The Accrington Road brewery’s brands saw a major uplift of 26% on sale volumes and 20% in revenue over December 2013.

Much of the Christmas growth came from further success with national pub companies, while the free trade business held its own against fierce competition from the burgeoning ranks of micro-brewers.

Bottled sales enjoyed a 34 per cent spike with further exposure through leading supermarkets.

Despite the economic climate, Moorhouse’s has enjoyed business growth overall by 10% for the past year. Annual turnover is now north of £5m. for the brewery, which launched a new £4.2m. complex in 2011.

David Grant, managing director, said: “It was very rewarding to see our Pendle Witches ales cast their spell nationally with leading pub companies over Christmas. Our free trade business remained steady in the face of the onslaught of competition from the ever growing army of micro- brewers.

“As we enter our 150th year of trading we are facing a very challenging business environment. However, our recent growth has further buoyed our confidence for the future. We are investing in new branding and new staff along with training initiatives to ensure an even better service.”