Unprecedented cost increases in the brewing industry will see a sharp increase in the retail price of beer, a supplier has warned. 

InBev UK, which produces Stella Artois and Becks, is to introduce a new wholesale price list effective with deliveries from September 15, 2008 with an average price rise of 3.3% in the off trade.

InBev UK & Ireland president Stuart MacFarlane said the company had made every effort to absorb rising costs but that the “sheer size of increases we have faced” meant that it would have to pass on some of these increases to customers. 

“The brewing process is a very heavy user of energy so rises have an immediate impact on the price of producing a pint – particularly given the scale of the increases,” he said. 

“I cannot remember a time when so many major cost increases have come across virtually every aspect of our business.”