Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has reported record first quarter sales thanks to strong demand from Sweden.

Innis & Gunn said yesterday (2 June) that sales for the first three months of the year rose by 21% on the same period of 2009, to GBP908,000 (US$1.32m).

UK on-trade sales leapt by 400% in value, albeit from a low base but strongly outperforming a shrinking national beer market.

Alongside the on-trade gains, a 55% rise in sales to Sweden drove growth in the quarter, said the brewer, which was formed in 2003 and ages its beer in oak barrels.

"Our first quarter performance has surpassed our most optimistic expectations with our UK on-trade focus now starting to pay real dividends," said Innis & Gunn managing director Dougal Sharp.

"In Sweden we have narrowed the gap considerably on the number one import, Newcastle Brown Ale, which is a fantastic achievement.”

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