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Pub and brewing bosses named in trade’s Top 50


Wednesday 15th June 2011 (Andrew Griffiths)
Pub and brewing bosses named in trade’s Top 50

SENIOR figures from Burton’s beer and pub industry have topped the tables in this year’s list of the 50 most influential people in brewing.

The bosses of Burton-based firms Punch Taverns and Marston’s Pub Company featured inside the top 20 and the town’s MP also made the list.

Ian Dyson, the chief executive of Punch, was number five on the list, published by The Publican’s Morning Advertiser, a trade magazine for landlords.

Roger Whiteside, Punch’s managing director, made number seven on the list, while Ralph Findlay and Alistair Darby, the chief executive and managing director of Marston’s Pub Company respectively, made numbers eight and 11.

Andrew Griffiths MP was 28th, in his capacity as chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group.

Personally I am flattered to be included in this list, but the large number of people from Burton included shows just how influential this town is on the brewing industry. It underlines just how important a profitable future for the brewing and pub industry is to a place like Burton, because so many jobs locally depend on it.Mr Griffiths said: “Personally I am flattered to be included in this list, but the large number of people from Burton included shows just how influential this town is on the brewing industry. It underlines just how important a profitable future for the brewing and pub industry is to a place like Burton, because so many jobs locally depend on it.

Molson Coors chief executive Mark Hunter and Marston’s Inns and Taverns chief executive Derek Andrew also made the list.

A spokesman for Punch Taverns said: “The listing of our chief executive officer and managing director in The Publican’s Morning Advertiser’s list of 50 most influential people in the pub industry demonstrates the progress that we have made, both in our improved trading results and the significant changes we have made to evolve our business model and building stronger relationships with our licensees.”

Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Campaign for Real Ale chief executive Mike Benner, and British Beer and Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds all made the list.

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