I’ve just been reading an article in the Publicans Morning Advertiser about Thwaites making sixty people redundant . This is a great shame for all concerned and I hope things get sort out amicably for everyone.
Now I’m not in the brewing trade, I’m not about to bang a political drum and I’m not a business analyst but a thought did occurred to me as I read the article – and any sort of thought at this time of the night after a session in the Swan is a result. Now what I read into it is this – the increase in real ale drinking with the resultant upsurge in small local breweries and thus an increase in choice has started an unintended decline in the big brewers (not that Thwaites are an International). Rather like the big brewers in the 70’s and 80’s closed small brewers by economies of scale, now smaller brewers are causing bigger brewers problems by economies of choice, if that makes sense, (like I said I’ve had a few).
Have a look at the article and see what you think.