Statement from Paula Lindenberg, President for UK & Ireland, Budweiser Brewing Group: “2020 was a year like no other, with huge uncertainty and disruption caused by Covid-19. Despite the challenges resulting from the global pandemic, our UK business saw strong Off-Trade volume and value growth in value in 2020. This was due to the strength and strong performances in this channel from our much-loved brands Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona, Camden Hells and Bud Light.
“Despite all the difficulties, our amazing teams were able to keep Britain’s favourite beers on supermarket shelves while supporting local pubs, meeting major sustainability milestones, and providing hand sanitiser and disinfectant to our communities.
“The health and safety of our people was our top priority throughout 2020. We implemented the highest safety standards at our sites to enable our people to continue brewing and delivering our beers to our Off-Trade partners, when the channel was seeing record-level demand due to the closure of the On-Trade.
“In June, Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I became the number one brewer by volume in the UK. This result reflects the strength of our portfolio, including Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona and Camden Hells, and that when people have the choice in the supermarket, they choose our brands. We’re proud that the quality of our beer portfolio and our iconic brands continue to meet the demands of consumers today.”