AB InBev has said it is seeing no-alcohol and low-alcohol beer growing at nearly twice the rate of higher-strength beer in the UK.

In a commentary on the wider group’s Q1 results, Paula Lindenberg, president of the newly rebranded Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I said that both Budweiser and Bud Light had seen double-digit growth. She added that the latest addition to its no-and-low alcohol beers, Michelob Ultra, had been positively received in the off-trade and would now be introduced to the on-trade.

Globally, AB InBev saw volume growth of 1.3% in Q1, with revenue increasing 5.9% and EBITDA up 8.2%. Own beer volumes were up 1% while non-beer volumes grew 4.9%.

She said: “Our UK business has had a strong start to the year, as we continue to deliver volume growth and market share gains, with both Budweiser and Bud Light growing double digits. We have unveiled our new name Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, moved to our new London offices and announced renewed ambitions, which include creating a nation of smart drinkers and championing Britain’s iconic beer culture.”

Lindenberg added: “At the beginning of this year we announced Raising the Bar, our new scheme that shares our draught equipment under the bar with small brewers for free in pubs where we are lead brewer, underlining our commitment to the on-trade. We’re pleased that larger brewers are now on board with the initiative, so pub-goers get a great range of beers and ciders, as well as the highest quality pint, while smaller brewers and publicans get a simpler, fairer system.

“Looking ahead, we are preparing for an epic summer of sport. Budweiser is getting behind the England Women’s football team in their FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ bid, while Bud Light continues to be the Official Beer of the Senior England Men’s Football team. Stella Artois is also bringing the perfect serve to this year’s Wimbledon, as well as continuing its partnerships with Ascot and The Open.

“The summer is a huge time for beer sales and we will be focused on growing the category, supporting our customers and delighting consumers with some of the nation’s most loved beer and cider brands.”

Globally, AB InBev saw volume growth of 1.3% in Q1, with revenue increasing 5.9% and EBITDA up 8.2%. Own beer volumes were up 1% while non-beer volumes grew 4.9%.

In this morning’s update, AB InBev also announced it was exploring a potential minority stake listing of its Asia Pacific business on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.