UK brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner has today (3 February) announced a 2.5% price hike on its beer.

As part of the brewer's 2009 price review, the increases will come into effect on 1 April and will include all Fuller's and Gales beers in both the on- and off-trade.

John Roberts, managing director of The Fuller's Beer Company, said: "In the current economic environment we feel that it is important to do as much as possible to help all of our customers through what is clearly going to be a challenging 12 months.

"To demonstrate this commitment we have taken the decision to absorb a large amount of the cost increases we are incurring and pass on a smaller increase to our customers."

The price increases follow that of a number of other brewers that have announced hikes in the last few weeks, including Carlsberg and Scottish & Newcastle.