Exeter Brewery delivers vital PPE in East Devon and thanks frontline workers with beer

Axminster medics have thanked Exeter Brewery for delivering vital supplies of PPE during the COVID-19 crisis.

The brewery, in Cowley Bridge Road, Exeter, has packed its vans with thousands of items of PPE and delivered them to 100 health centres and GP surgeries throughout the length and breadth of Devon.

And as a thank you for the difficult work being done by frontline workers, it has also donated complimentary cases of its Avocet beer.

Axminster Medical Practice, in Church Street, Axminster, who received supplies from the brewery, said: “Thank you very much to Exeter Brewery who has kindly supplied us with face masks, alcohol hand gel and, perhaps most importantly, a case of excellent Avocet.”

Alan Collyer, Exeter Brewery managing director, offered to store PPE at its HQ then said the brewery had the capacity to deliver the equipment throughout Devon.

The PPE deliveries and donations included 35,000 face masks and more than 1,000 bottles of sanitiser.

Included in the PPE drops were 12-bottle cases of beer.


The PPE deliveries included 35,000 face masks and more than 1,000 bottles of sanitiser.
Photo: with permission.

A spokesman for Exeter Brewery said: “They have spent three hectic weeks making sure van loads of the much-needed equipment was delivered to the hundred medical sites around Devon – while still carrying out their own home delivery beer service.”

Mr Collyer said the business noticed an 80 per cent drop in business overnight when pubs were forced to call time because of lockdown.

When the firm started seeing a rise in bottle sales to its trade customers plus its own retail sales direct from its brewing base in St David’s, in Exeter, Alan and his staff started home deliveries around the county.

He said: “That enabled us to keep going. Small sales of canned and bottled beer and lager took off and though we are at only thirty-five per cent of normal trade, this has enabled some brewing to start again.”

The brewery – which produces more than a million pints a year – is now waiting to find out if it will keep doing both tasks as the lockdown eases.

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