The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has urged Marston's not to reduce consumer choice, following its acquisition of the Thwaites beer business, which was revealed today.

While acknowledging that Marston's has previously "respected brewing heritage" when buying smaller breweries, such as Wychwood and Jennings, the CAMRA statement said it was very concerned about this most recent purchase.

Here's the statement in full:

"The Campaign for Real Ale believes that consumer choice is always reduced when breweries are acquired by larger operators and we're very concerned about the takeover of Thwaites, a long-established and respected regional family brewer, by Marston's.

"While Marston's has a relatively good history of respecting brewing heritage when it has previously taken over other breweries, such as Wychwood and Jennings, CAMRA will be paying close attention to its plans for the Thwaites brands it has just acquired.

"We'd urge Marston's to ensure that the individual nature and taste of Thwaites' brands are not diluted and lost as a result of this acquisition."

 Marston's paid £25.1m for the Thwaites beer division, which includes its Wainwright and Lancaster Bomber brands.