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Presidential approval sees Suffolk beer sale spike

David Cameron and President Xi Jinping held off on the bar snacks. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Sales of Suffolk beer Greene King IPA have rocketed in China after their president was seen sipping a pint of it alongside David Cameron on a recent visit to the UK.

The Prime Minister treated President Xi Jinping to a drink at his local pub in Buckinghamshire last month.

That led to a surge in sales in the far East with some importers reporting that they have now run out of stock.

Greene King who are based in Busy St Edmunds, say they are now looking at increasing their shipments.


Profits up for Suffolk brewer

Greene King's profits rise by 7% Credit: Press Association

Suffolk based brewer Greene King has announced a 7% rise in pre-tax profits to £82.7 million.

The company, which is based in Bury St Edmunds, has an estate of more than 2,000 pubs, restaurants and hotels and employs 22,000 people. It owns the Loch Fyne, Old English Inns and Hungry Horse chains.

Greene King's premium ale brand Old Speckled Hen saw volume growth of 5.9% against a premium ale market up 1.8% while Greene King IPA, the cask ale brand, achieved volume growth of 2.2%, in a standard ale market down 5%.