Carlsberg is raising wholesale prices by an average of 2.3% from 6 October, writes John Harrington. It becomes the third major brewer to announce a second price hike in 2008, following InBev and Coors. Carlsberg cited rising costs including raw materials, with malt up 50% and hops more than 100%, as well as rising utility prices. A statement from Carlsberg said: "Carlsberg UK can confirm that it will be increasing its wholesale price by an average of 2.3% with effect from 6 October. "We are committed to delivering efficiencies across all areas of business in order to absorb the increased costs and reduce the potential impact on our customers. This has been the case this year as our price increases have been significantly lower than our competitors. "The rise in costs of such items as raw materials and utilities has been unprecedented, therefore on this occasion we have been left with no alternative. "Customer support, brand growth and innovation remain at the heart of our strategy and we will continue with this support during this difficult trading period."