|Type||Public (LSE: MARS)|
|Headquarters||Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK|
|Key people||David Thompson (Chairman)
Ralph Findlay (CEO)
|Revenue||£719.7 million (2012)|
|Operating income||£157.9 million (2012)|
|Net income||£(110.3) million (2012)|
Marston's Brewery (LSE: MARS) owns over 2,000 public houses in the United Kingdom and is the world's largest brewer of cask ale. It was known as Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries plc until 2007 when it rebranded as Marston's. In 2011 it had a 1.1% share of the UK beer market.
Banks & Co has been brewing at the Park Brewery in Wolverhampton since 1875. The Company was formed in 1890 as Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries by the amalgamation of Banks & Co. with George Thompson & Sons and Charles Colonel Smith's Brewery. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1947. It acquired Camerons Brewery in Hartlepool in 1992 and sold it to Castle Eden in 2002, whilst retaining some of Cameron's tied pubs.
In 1834 John Marston established J. Marston & Son at the Horninglow Brewery at Burton upon Trent. Marston & Son Ltd amalgamated with John Thompson & Son Ltd and moved to Albion Brewery on Shobnall Road, which the company still operates.
In 1999 Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries purchased Marston, Thompson & Evershed of Burton upon Trent (including Marston's Brewery which had been founded in 1834). in the same year the Marston's bought the Mansfield Brewery Company of Mansfield which, in contrast to its other recent acquisitions, was soon closed down. Brands still bearing the Mansfield name are brewed elsewhere within the group.
In 2005 Marston's Brewery took over production under licence from Interbrew of Draught Bass, succeeding Coors. Later, in 2005, the Jennings Brewery of Cockermouth was purchased and in 2007 Hampshire based Ringwood Brewery, which was established in 1978, and brews Best Bitter, Fortyniner, and Old Thumper, was acquired.
In 2007 the Company changed its name from Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries plc to Marston's plc.
The company now owns and operates five breweries:
- the Park Brewery in Wolverhampton brews Banks's, Hanson's and Mansfield beers;
- the Marston's Brewery in Burton upon Trent brews Marston's and Bass;
- the Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth;
- the Wychwood Brewery in Witney (which includes the Brakspear Brewhouse);
- the Ringwood Brewery in Ringwood, Hampshire.
The company operates around 2,150 pubs and bars situated across England and Wales, comprising around 1,650 tenanted or leased pubs and around 500 managed pubs – of which 45 are hotels.
Marston's is the only remaining brewer to use Burton Union Sets; a system whereby fermentation barrels and troughs are linked together by a complex system of copper and brass pipework. The basic principle is one of preventing excessive beer and yeast loss through foaming, but the consequence is that the beer is both in contact with more wood and in contact with more beer (fermenting in a bigger volume, typically totalling about 100 barrels or 16 hectolitres). This results in a more consistent flavour; and very little chance of a whole batch being ruined. All other large-scale brewers have abandoned this method in favour of stainless steel fermenting vessels, which while they assure (through volume) a consistent flavour, limit the use of traditional yeast varieties. They make selective use of the unusual double dropping process (for example, in the production of Brakspear Bitter ) which introduces complex flavors due to a period of accelerated yeast growth.
The current range is as follows:
Marston's Pedigree is a bitter; it is Marston's flagship brand, selling 150,000 hectolitres in 2010. It is the only beer to use the oak Burton Union System so that it is fermented in wood; the ingredients are mineral enriched Burton Water, malted barley, and Fuggles and Goldings hops. The cask-conditioned and canned versions are 4.5% abv; since April 2009, the pasteurised bottle versions have been 5% abv.
- Wrexham FC - Under the terms, the Mold Road Stand at the Racecourse Ground will be renamed the Marston's Stand, while the brewery will become the supplier of beers to the club for sale inside the ground and at the club's function and hospitality rooms. And recently it was revealed that Marstons would be the new sponsors of Cambridge United. Marstons have signed of sponsorship for Abbey Stadium south stand.
- England & Wales Cricket Board - Marstons became the official beer of the England Cricket team after a deal in February 2007. The three year deal stipulates that Marstons will be the official supplier of beer at all home Test Matches and will have exclusive beer advertising rights.
- Preliminary Results 2012
- Marstons: Corporate Profile
- Marston's: Home page
- Alcoholic Drinks: Euromonitor from trade sources/national statistics
- Marston's: Banks's
- Marston's History & Heritage
- End of an era at Castle Eden Northern Echo, 15 July 2002
- Marston's: Burton-Upon-Trent Brewery
- CAMRA fears “domino effect” following purchase of Ringwood by Marston's
- Marston's: Change of Name
- Marston's: About us
- Marston's: Our pubs
- Marston's brands
- Company science page
- Asserted on label
- Burton Union sets
- Marstons: our brands
- CAMRA Good Beer Guide; 2010
- "Marston's Pedigree exceptional premium ale". www.marstonsdontcompromise.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- Dragons receive a brewery boost
- Marstons Stadium
- Marston's official beer of England cricket team
- Marston's PLC website
- Marston's Beer Company divisional website
- Marston's Inns & Taverns, the managed pub estate
- Marston's Pub Company, the leased and tenanted estate