Wet spring weather hinders cider group

C&C Group, which owns the Magners, Gaymers and (in Ireland) Bulmers cider brands, has said unseasonably cold and wet spring weather in its core markets of Scotland and Ireland, combined with tighter drink-driving regulations in Scotland, led to "mixed" first-quarter trading in March to May.

Image: Morguefile
Image: Morguefile

But the performance of its C&C Brands in England and Wales was "in line with expectations", while exports "enjoyed a good start to the year", it added.

"Outside of our core domestic markets, growth in the cider category continues to illustrate its long term credentials." Its latest US-brewed Gumption brand "has performed strongly" and the group "is firmly committed to capitalising on the long-term growth potential" of the US market.


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