Independent brewer, Bath Ales, has leapt into the Fast 50 list at number 14 after reporting an impressive 34% growth in compound annual sales over a period of two years.
Making its debut on the list, Bath Ales is nestled amongst esteemed brewing company with craft beer specialist BrewDog and Meantime Brewing Co.
The list, produced by analysts for The Grocer magazine, names 50 of the fastest-growing, independently owned suppliers in the FMCG market.
Managing Director Robin Couling, says: “Being in the Fast 50 list is great recognition of the progress Bath Ales is making and the appeal of our beers in both the take-home and on-trade markets.”
In a second achievement for the award-winning company, Bath Ales has also recently announced an increase in distribution of its seasonal craft beer, Festivity, after demand for the festive favourite soared. Festivity is described as ‘a delicious porter and perfect winter warmer with hints of rum mingling with coffee and vanilla flavours.’
Brewed at 5% and available in cask and bottle, Festivity is now available to enjoy in bottle at Enterprise Inns pubs and as well as local Tesco stores.
Robin adds: “I am also delighted that we have been able to increase the distribution of Festivity. We have experienced high demand for our seasonal ale and this has been recognised by our retailers.”
An independent South West business, Bath Ales sells beers nationally through Sainsburys, Waitrose and Ocado, and regionally through Tesco and Morrisons.
Since moving to its new, larger premises that offered more capabilities and capacity to expand, Bath Ales has gone from strength to strength in the past 12 months. 2014 has proven to be a triumphant year for Bath Ales after winning two prestigious awards; ‘Best Ale up to 5% abv’ for Gem securing the brewer a Gold Medal and trophy at the International Beer Challenge 2014 and ‘Best Managed Pub Company (2-50 sites)’ at the prestigious Publican’s Morning Advertiser awards.
This year also saw the independent brewer unveil two exciting new eateries inside the South West’s leading concert venue, Colston Hall, in Bristol, transforming the first floor restaurant into a charcuterie bar called Gordito, whilst on the ground floor hosts Colston Street Bar & Kitchen.