Sugar was also getting dearer. This is a letter from the MD of a manufacturer of brewing sugars.
To the Editor of The Brewers' Journal.
Dear Sir,—The present high price of invert sugar is almost entirely due to the advance in Duty which has taken place since the outbreak of war, and unfortunately constitutes another burden for the brewer; as Duty is again charged on the wort, to which sugar has been added, it is a case of Duty being charged twice—a principle to which, I understood, the Government was opposed.
It is, I believe, the only case of a double tax on a particular product, and as I have been asked on several occasions how to-day’s price of invert sugar can be reconciled, I think your readers would be interested to see the corresponding price of standard granulated sugar over different periods of the current year, which must be a guide and indication to them that to-day’s prices of invert are not in conflict with existing conditions: —
|Standard Granulated Sugar.||No. 2 Invert.|
A. E. Berry, Chairman and Managing Director, Manbré and Garton, Ltd. 19/12/39.
Brewers' Journal 1940, page 63 (published January 17th, 1940).
That's an 82% increase in the cost of No. 2 invert in a space of just 8 months.And all due to an increase in the tax on it.
He has a point about the double taxation of brewing sugar.I hadn't realised that there was a tax on sugar. Pre-1880 there was a duty on it when used for brewing purposes, but I thought that had been abolished when the Free Mash Tun Act came into force. I need to look this up. There's bound to be something in the Brewers' Almanack.