Independent Family Brewers of Britain
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The Independent Family Brewers of Britain (IFBB) was formed in the 1990s by an informal group of family-owned/controlled brewery CEOs known as the Pimlico Group - all of whom were part of the UK's Brewers Society, now the British Beer and Pub Association.
It was intended to act against European Commission proposals that were thought might stop even the smallest brewery owning its own pubs, a move which would have had adverse consequences for Britain's traditional family brewing industry.
The members are:
Former members include:
The group, between them, own over 280 brands and over 4,200 pubs. Current chairman is Paul Wells, Chief Executive of Wells and Young's.
The defence of 'The Tie' - tying the tenant within his tenancy agreement to buying the brewery's own beers - remains a key aim of the IFBB. The organisation also focuses on recruitment of licensees, beer quality training and attracting new cask ale drinkers.