Burton-upon-Trent is well known for its brewing, which was the town's major trade for centuries, and is still a significant part of its economy. The town is currently home to eight breweries, including Coors Brewers Ltd, Molson Coors Brewing Company, which produces Worthington Bitter and Carling, and Maston's Brewery, which produces Hobgoblin, Marton's Pedigree, and Bass. As well as the plethora of Breweries, the town is also home to the corporate headquarters of the pub operators, Punch Taverns plc and Spirit Pub Company.
A Marmite factory was developed within the town as a by-product of the established brewing industry. The original factory is now demolished, however, they have since built a new one and the production of Marmite has developed into Bovril; both of which are owned by Unilever.
The other industries that make up Burton's economy are manufacturing, retail and distribution, and warehousing. Due to the relative location in central England, it provides easy access to the rest of the country; B&Q, Boots, Holland & Barrett, Waterstones, and Amazon, all have warehouses in the town.