Over 400,000 Kegs Stolen or Missing

Over 400,000 Kegs Stolen or MissingAccording to an article in the Irish Times, more than 400,000 beer or cider kegs, costing approximately €40 million, have been stolen or gone missing from licensed premises in the Republic of Ireland since 2007.

The figure was compiled by the Irish Brewers Association (IBA) using data from the five big Irish drinks distributors, C&C Group, Diageo, Heineken Ireland, Molson Coors Ireland and Richmond Marketing Limited.

At a time of high global demand for metal, stealing kegs for scrap has become a lucrative trade. According to the IBA’s Thomas Burke, the cost of replacing a keg is approximately €100. “Metal theft has emerged as a worrying issue since 2007, costing the Irish economy millions of euro every year. For the brewing sector, keg theft continues to be a serious problem and is hindering our ability to meet customer requirements by creating unsustainable losses,” Mr Burke said.

“For every keg stolen the cost of providing beer and cider to publicans in this country increases and damages the profitability of breweries. We believe that it is in our shared interest to protect our industry from keg theft”. To find out more, read the full article on the Irish Times website.

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