Heineken has reported UK beer volume returned to modest growth in its third quarter as off-trade sales boosted dips in the on-trade.

Total consolidated volume was down by a low-single-digit, but beer volume returned to low-single-digit growth with double-digit growth in Heineken, Birra Moretti and Sol.

Beer volume declined in the high-twenties in the on-trade overall with a similar performance in its Star Pubs and Bars estate but grew in the high-twenties in the off-trade, ahead of the market.

Across its global estate, beer volume declined organically by 1.9%, up on the previous quarter across all regions.

Heineken volume grew by 7.1% in the quarter and 1.0% for the first nine months of the year, with double-digit growth in more than 25 markets including Brazil, China, the USA, Nigeria, Singapore, Poland and the UK.

“Our performance during the third-quarter continued to be impacted by the COVID-19 crisis,” said chairman and CEO Dolf van de Brink. “As many lockdowns eased, our volumes improved sequentially compared to the last quarter.

“We outperformed the category across most of our key markets, with Heineken showcasing a stellar performance. We continued strict cost mitigation actions whilst balancing investments behind our brands and future growth opportunities.

“The situation remains highly volatile and uncertain. We expect rolling outbreaks of COVID-19 to continue to meaningfully impact many of our markets in addition to rising recessionary pressures.

“As we navigate the crisis, we are deliberately shaping how to adapt and emerge stronger from the pandemic. I am proud of the relentless drive of our employees and the agility they continue to demonstrate, taking care of one another, our customers, suppliers and communities.”