Co-operative Food serves-up real ale contract for Conwy Brewery

June 03, 2015

Welsh PrideA brewery in Llysfaen, Colwyn Bay, has pulled in a contract to supply Co-operative Food stores with over 40,000 pints of ale.

The Brewery’s beers including Clogwyn Gold, Rampart – a full bodied brown beer and, the best-selling Welsh Pride are now playing a part in The Co-operative’s move to change the way it sells real ale by offering specially selected beers from breweries near to its local stores.

The contract served-up by the community retailer has opened up new markets for Conwy Brewery. Head Brewer at Conwy Brewery, Gwynne Thomas, said:

“It is fantastic news, this is our first listing of this scale with a convenience retailer and, it opens up new markets for us. We are delighted that The Co-operative shares our passion for local real ales and is now stocking three of our ales including our best-selling Welsh Pride. We pride ourselves on taste and quality and we know this is an approach shared by The Co-operative.”

Research carried out by The Co-operative Food shows how Britain has become a nation of ‘real ale’ converts, with Brits now four times more likely to prefer the taste of real ale to mass-produced beers and, 71% of drinkers saying it’s important to find locally brewed varieties.

Joe Turner, The Co-operative’s real ale buyer, said:

"The popularity of Conwy Brewery’s beers is impressive and, as a convenience retailer at the heart of the community, this is an important step in our commitment to offering more quality, locally sourced produce in our stores.

“It’s exciting to collaborate with breweries such as the Conwy Brewery, and we hope our customers really enjoy the new selection of ales that we now have on offer - we are very pleased to add Conwy Brewery’s beers to the increasing range of locally produced ales now available in our stores.”

Further information:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Group Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop