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Suffolk brewer furloughs staff as coronavirus lockdown continues

Brewer Adnams has furloughed a "large majority" of its staff as it attempts to mitigate the impact of coronavirus.

The company, which is based in Southwold, said it had been forced to make the move as most of its customers and all of its own pubs have shut in the face of the pandemic.

Its operations are currently limited to its take home business, primarily supplying supermarkets with beer and spirits, and online and mail order sales.

Adnams brewery

Adnams has "reduced costs to a minimum", with the company's directors and senior team taking a 50% pay cut. The update came as it reported a 5% decline in turnover last year to £74.7 million, from £78.9 million the previous year, despite selling a higher beer volumes.

The firm has also been battling Covid-19 on another front, by supplying ethanol to groups making hand sanitiser for NHS staff.

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Fergus Fitzgerald, the head brewer at Adnams, said the company have been looking at ways they can help combat the spread of coronavirus.

He said: “It’s important that we all do what we can to help one another. We looked into the best way to make hand sanitiser, working with the great team at UEA was the quickest and simplest way we could help.”

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