InBev UK, the division of Anheuser-Busch InBev, has followed Heineken in raising its wholesale beer price.

InBev UK said today (6 January) that it will raise its beer prices by the equivalent of GBP0.04 per pint from 1 February.

Heineken yesterday announced an identical price rise for its own beers in the UK on-trade.

InBev said its price would apply to both the on- and off-trade. It said the move comes "within the context of continuing difficult market conditions and a challenging economic climate".

The British Beer & Pub Association has accused the Government of implementing a "stealth tax" on beer, after the Chancellor's pre-Budget Report effectively raised the price of a pint by GBP0.06.