Crop drop blow for beer prices

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BOOZE prices in the UK are set to go through the roof due to the worst bar­ley crop-crip­pling drought since 1976.

Dry weather over the win­ter and spring has meant huge losses to farm­ers and the re­duced yield will hit drinkers in the pocket.

Jerry Dyson, raw ma­te­ri­als man­ager at the Mol­son Coors brew­ery, said: “The very dry spring meant that the win­ter bar­ley crop had a high ni­tro­gen level, which sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced its value for brew­ing.”

The Bri­tish Beer and Pub As­so­ci­a­tion said the lack of crops could lead to price rises for drinkers.

Spokesman Neil Wil­liams said: “There is no doubt the drought will place pres­sure on beer prices be­cause of the poor bar­ley harvest.

“About 80% of the crop is grown in the UK and it ac­counts for be­tween 3% and 10% of the price of a pint.”

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