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Ale and hearty: Adnams profits boosted by new beers

Adnams - boosted by its beer Credit: PA

Suffolk Brewer Adnams has announced higher profits thanks to a series of new brews.

The Southwold beer maker said own-brewed beer volumes rose 5% in the six months to June 30, as sales through off-licences and supermarkets rose 13%. It held its prices for pub customers for the fourth year in a row.

Demand for its ales, including at 11 Cellar & Kitchen stores, helped operating profits rise 5.5% to £857,000, while turnover was up 5% to £25.8 million.

Demand was boosted by new products such as pale ale Ghost Ship, a Diamond Ale to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee and a new low-alcohol beer.

A new pint called Flame Runner - to mark the London Olympics - had also proved popular.