Interestingly, the Welsh brewer SA Brain had a great boost in coffee sales last year with 34% growth. Their chain of coffee shops, called Coffee#1 has seen great success.
The Cardiff-based brewer sponsors the Welch rugby team and produces beers like Bread of Heaven and Brains SA. Their total turnover for the year to September, 2015 grew 3%.
The brewery, however, has taken a loss for their beer. They had a pre-tax loss of £5.3million, down from £837,000 the previous year. As Chief Executive Scott Waddington said, “This has been a year where we have achieved a great deal in terms of implementing a range of initiatives that will benefit future years, but we also had to react to a subdued trading environment.”