Summer smiles on Greene King


The fortunes of the food and beverage sector appear to be rising alongside the rest of the manufacturing industry with brewer Greene King confirming “cautious signs of optimism” at its annual meeting.

Over the summer, the Bury St Edmunds based brewing and pub business reported beer volumes up 1.5% led by the premium ale brand Old Speckled Hen with growth of 7.9%.

Greene King said there appeared to be “cautious signs of optimism in terms of recent UK macro-economic improvements.”

A statement went on to say that its performance had been helped by some one-off factors including the feel-good factor from continued British sporting success and the arrival of the royal baby, combined with the much improved weather over the summer months.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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