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Mr John Adnams, 1924 – 2017

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Mr John Adnams raises a pintIt is with great sadness that we announce that Mr John Adnams has passed away, peacefully, in the early hours of Saturday 22nd July. John was 92-years-old and devoted much of his life to Adnams plc. John Adair Adnams, Grandson of Adnams’ founder Ernest Adnams, joined the Adnams Board in 1956 and became Managing Director in 1963. John remained Managing Director until 1973, when he became Chairman, and in 1995, John retired as Chairman to become the President of Adnams plc and a Non-Executive Director culminating as Life President. John was held in great esteem and respected by all who came into contact with him both within Adnams and across the wider industry. John oversaw a huge growth in Adnams beer production and the modernisation of a brewery that had been unchanged since 1896. John was also instrumental in setting up Broadside Farm, a forward-thinking business that used waste products from the brewery to feed pigs on the Adnams Farm. John was a highly effective and confident Chairman who held true to a sense of identity for Adnams plc in fast-changing times. After 50 years’ service to the Adnams Board, John retired from Adnams as a non-executive Director in April 2005. Our heartfelt and sincere condolences go to John's family at this difficult time.

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