The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has announced the relaunch of cross-industry platform which works to manage the destruction of beer and reclaim duty for out-of-date beer as a result of the third national lockdown.
The returnyourbeer.co.uk site was used extensively following the first national lockdown, and its reopening will enable participating brewers to again manage the safe destruction of their brands in pubs.
The BBPA said its reopening will mean that the appropriate and agreed recompense from reclaimed duty can therefore be passed back to licensees.
Many of the brand owners who used the platform in 2020 will once again be available, it said, though not all of these will be on the site at launch. As more brands are reintroduced to the platform this will be updated through the website, however.
Licensees who wish to use the platform will need to re-register for a new round of claims which will be separate from those made in relation to the first lockdown.
Once permission has been obtained from the brand owner to destroy the beer, the platform is then used to verify the extent of stock and to provide the necessary evidence of destruction.
The BBPA said it will still be necessary to consider any environmental risks associated with beer destruction, and licensees must consider whether it is possible to divert unsaleable beer for alternative uses, such as for agricultural/commercial animal feed.
If permission is obtained from the brand owner to destroy waste beer it is then necessary to apply for permission to dispose of the waste beer through a wholesaler or sewerage provider.
Emma McClarkin, CEO of the BBPA, said: “We’re encouraging businesses with spoilt beer they need to destroy to visit www.ReturnYourBeer.co.uk and pre-register. The platform provides guidance and instructions necessary to destroy beer, as well as crucially recording that destruction to enable duty to be claimed back on it.
“This cross-industry platform is free to use and should help businesses of all shapes and sizes who serve draught beer as they re-stock and re-fresh ahead of re-opening. Crucial at this hugely challenging time.”