The price of a pint of beer could rise by 30p this year, as the brewing industry is forced to pass on rising production costs to the consumer.

A study from the Grocer magazine finds that the cost of barley alone has risen by 90 per cent in 2010, and with global production set to fall by 43 per cent, prices are only expected to rise.

Added to the rising cost of cardboard for packaging and diesel for distribution – both of which have risen by 35 per cent in the last 12 months – and the brewing industry will have to pass the costs on, the magazine revealed.

Last week, the government announced that it plans to place a ban on large companies selling subsidised, below-cost alcohol, in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour and "problem drinking".

However, Mintec analyst Robert Miles told The Grocer that if the government imposes a minimum price on alcohol, the price of commodities could increase sharply to negate any benefit for the brewing industry.

Typical Guttridge equipment used in the brewing industry includes: elevatorsbucket elevatorsvalves

Emma Green
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