Interbrew UK has signed a supply agreement with Six Continents Retail - the largest managed house operator in the UK - which will see draught Stella Artois introduced into the company's outlets nationwide. 

Under the new agreement, draught Stella Artois will be stocked in selected retail brands across Six Continents Retail, with roll out commencing in December. The new agreement was negotiated following the successful trial of draught Stella Artois in 25 Six Continents Retail outlets during the summer.

Six Continents Retail owns and manages a network of more than 2,000 outlets of which over 900 are branded including All Bar One, O'Neills, Harvester and Ember Inns.

Allan Tudor, on-trade sales director of Interbrew UK, said: "This is a major landmark in the development of Stella Artois. Thousands of consumers will now have the choice of Stella Artois in the many different occasions Six Continents caters for in its restaurants, pubs and bars.

"It supports our long-term strategy of building distribution of Stella Artois through developing trading relationships with successful retailers. There is enormous potential to build the joint business through offering our quality programme to Six Continents customers. 

"At 44% liquor weighted distribution, Stella Artois is the most widely available draught premium lager brand - but that still leaves a lot of scope for growth in the years ahead. This new agreement represents a major step towards achieving our long-term strategy of making Stella Artois available to as many consumers as possible."