Heineken UK, the UK arm of the global brewing giant, saw turnover grow from £1.5bn to £2.1bn in 2013.

Operating profits fell sharply from £73.2m to £10.6m largely due to an exceptional cost of £35.2m related to a reorganisation of its supply chain and business support capabilities. A pre-tax profit of £20.2m became a pre-tax loss of £45.8m.

Heineken UK said the operating environment “continues to be challenging” but reported success with its brands.

It said all its premium beer brands grew market share in the year, with Desperados, Sol and Heineken the top three fastest growing premium packaged lager brands in the UK in 2013.

During the year Bulmers grew volume, market share and revenue per hectolitre, whilst its other cider brand increased its penetration to double that of the overall cider category, the group said.

“Within the off-trade, Strongbow market share increased whilst the on-trade market share decline decreased to a significantly lower level of investment. Strongbow Dark Fruit was the biggest innovation in the UK in 2013 across all categories, outperforming our volume targets.

”The Foster’s brand equity remains the highest, with lower levels of investment. Overall, Foster’s outperformed competitors in mainstream beer, leading to competitive pressure on pricing, particularly on draught. Foster’s Radler performed in line with our expectations.”

The company said it had net liabilities of £1.5bn, a rise of c£22.1m on 2012, at the year end. “This is mainly due to amounts owed to fellow group undertakings within the next 12 months of £5,447m (2012: £5,190.4m), the demand for repayment of which is entirely within the control of the group.”