Over 400,000 beer kegs stolen or missing since 2007

Friday, 17 January 2014

    • The estimated cost of replacing kegs is approximately €40 million
    • Irish Brewers are urging licensed trade operators to remain vigilant and be aware of theft and suspicious activity
    • Measures being produced by IBA and Garda Metal Forum to alleviate problem

The Irish Brewers Association (IBA) is urging all operators of licensed trade establishments to remain vigilant of keg theft, stating that over four hundred thousand beer and cider kegs have been stolen or gone missing from outlets across Ireland since 2007.

According to IBA Senior Executive Thomas Burke, the cost of replacing a keg is approximately €100 meaning that the cost of replacing all stolen and missing kegs since 2007 has cost about €40 million.

Mr Burke commented “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.

“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.

“With this in mind we would like to prompt all operators of licensed trade establishments in Ireland to remain vigilant of possible keg thefts, and to report incidents of stolen kegs or suspicious activity in relation to kegs to local Gardai.

“At the moment we are doing everything in our power to alleviate the problem by working closely with An Garda Siochana. Much of our effort has been placed in producing a series of proposed measures with the Garda Metal Forum, aimed at reducing the issue of beer keg theft. Already, a number of criminal and civil cases have been undertaken against individuals of keg theft.

“Looking forward, we hope an elevation of vigilance amongst licensed trade operators and a series of workable measures can reduce theft and ultimately ensure that empty kegs are returned to suppliers safely. This will create a more sustainable position for the industry, allowing us to meet the needs of our customers.”


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