Carlsberg has followed Coors Brewers and InBev by upping its beer prices in the UK.

The Denmark-based brewer confirmed yesterday (9 September) that it will increase the wholesale prices for its beer by an average of 2.3%. The news follows similar announcements by Coors and InBev this summer. Coors said earlier this month that it has been forced to introduce a wholesale price increase of GBP0.03 per pint across all channels, effective from 29 September, while InBev's wholesale beer prices for both the on- and off-trade will increase by an average 3.3% from 15 September.

"We are committed to delivering efficiencies across all areas of business in order to absorb the increased costs and reduce the potential impact on our customers," a spokesperson for Carlsberg GB said. "This has been the case this year, as our price increases have been significantly lower than our competitors'.

"The rising costs of such items as raw materials (malt 50% and hops 100%) and utilities have been unprecedented. Therefore, on this occasion, we have been left with no alternative."

The company said that it would continue to support its customers through targeting brand growth and innovation "during this difficult trading period".

The increases will take effect from 6 October.