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Japanese beer lifts Shepherd Neame volumes

SHEPHERD Neame, the brewer of Spitfire and Bishops Finger ales yesterday said sales remained strong after a further surge in demand for its bottled beers.<br /><br />The group reported a 6.3 per cent jump in total beer sales volumes for the year ended 27 June. It also reported a bigger jump of 10 per cent in beer sales volumes for the 13 weeks to 26 September, with the strongest growth coming from its Asahi Super Dry brand.<br /><br />Shepherd Neame said that turnover in the year rose by 7.6 per cent and that it would dump 35 of its worst performing pubs.