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Bibendum boss slams minimum pricing plans

Published:  01 February, 2013

Michael Saunders has added his voice to the opposition to minimum unit pricing, even though it wouldn't have an immediate impact on Bibendum.


"Once the legislation is in place, what's to say it won't be £1 or £2 per unit in the future? I don't believe 45p will make any difference to the antisocial behaviour in town centres it's designed to address, so they'll start to raise the price," he warned.


"I have a slight philosophical belief that legislation isn't the way to change behaviour," he added.
Saunders pointed out that in Scotland alcohol volume sales fell at the same rate as English volume sales after the multibuy ban was introduced north of the border in October 2011. "It had absolutely no impact on consumption," he said.


Bibendum supports responsible drinking campaigns and Saunders said the 250ml serving was an "outrage", which also doesn't make sense from the serve point of view as the serving is too large for a glass of white wine to stay cold until the end.


Consultation on the 45p per unit minimum price proposed in the government's Alcohol Strategy in England and Wales closed yesterday.



Northern Restaurant & Bar Top 50 - call for entries

Published:  01 February, 2013

The Northern Restaurant & Bar show is calling for entries for its second annual NRB Top 50 awards, which recognises and honours 50 individuals from influential hospitality operators based in the north of England.


PLB strengthens on trade and independent division

Published:  31 January, 2013

PLB has made five appointments to its specialist division focused on the UK on-trade and independent sectors.

TextPLB has made five appointments to its specialist division focused on the UK on-trade and independent sectors.


Nico Kowalski has been appointed London sales manager and will be responsible for PLB's portfolio for restaurants and independent merchants in the region. Kowalski previously worked for Chilean producer Viña Ventisquero for four years as brand ambassador and spent eight years with Vinopols.

PLB's new wholesale manager Jim Gill has joined from Waverley TBS where he spent the last three years managing sales of the company's wine and beer brands to major UK buying groups. Before Waverley he spent two years as a national account manager for the Gaymer Cider Company and held a variety of sales roles at Coors. At PLB Gill will be responsible for wine delivered to the multiple on-trade, regional and national brewers and wholesale sectors.

As northern area manager, Loren Hardwick will promote PLB's specialist portfolio to the on-trade and independent merchants in the north of England. He joined PLB from Gaucho Restaurant in Leeds where he was a Sommelier and ran a number of consumer-facing activities at the restaurant.

Paul Roberts has joined as independent specialist manager in the south east and will be responsible for existing and new customers. He previously worked as business development manager for on-trade outlets at Waverley and was a senior store manager for Majestic Wine.


PLB's third recruit from Waverley is Jason Burton, who has joined as national account manager and will be responsible for the company's multiple national accounts. Before Waverley Burton held account manager roles at Matthew Clark and Heineken.


PLB's specialist division has a portfolio of 350 wines, the majority of which are exclusive to the on-trade and independent merchants.

The PLB Specialist Division is dedicated to sourcing and supplying the perfect offering - from entry-level price fighters to premium wines both classic and niche - to the UK On-Trade and Independent Merchants. The recently revised portfolio comprises around 350 wines from PLB's global network of suppliers, the majority of which are exclusive to these sectors.



NRB announces strongest chef line-up to date

Published:  25 January, 2013

The north's hospitality trade show, Northern Restaurant & Bar, has announced its strongest line-up to date of chefs who will cook in the Chef Live theatre at its event in Manchester Central in March 2013.


English wine experts question need for regionality

Published:  25 January, 2013

Harpers hears from leading experts on English sparkling about whether establishing a cru-based identification system would help estates promote their wines better on an international stage.


Cellar Trends reports positive results from Drinkaware campaign

Published:  24 January, 2013

Drinks distributor Cellar Trends and alcohol education charity Drinkaware have reported positive results to its responsible drinking message campaign Why let good times go bad? which it held in 18 cities across England before Christmas.


'Crus' for English sparkling wines

Published:  17 January, 2013

Leading English sparkling wine producers have called for estates to shout about their individual growing areas in a bid to communicate their regional differences better.


Leventhorpe launches Yorkshire's first sparkling rosé

Published:  19 December, 2012

The Leventhorpe vineyard near Leeds has launched Yorkshire's first sparkling rosé wine in time for Christmas and end-of-year celebrations.


Northern Restaurant & Bar 2013 calls for registration

Published:  17 December, 2012

The north's hospitality trade show, Northern Restaurant & Bar, has announced it will be 20% larger on its return to Manchester Central in March 2013.


Northern Restaurant & Bar show larger in 2013

Published:  12 December, 2012

The north's hospitality trade show, Northern Restaurant & Bar, has announced it will be 20% larger on its return to Manchester Central in March 2013.


Majority of consumers against minimum pricing, reveals new poll

Published:  29 November, 2012

The majority of people in England and Wales do not think there should be a minimum price of alcohol, according to research commissioned by retail and consumer analysts, Kantar.


ROLLING UPDATE Alcohol strategy: trade polarised over new measures

Published:  28 November, 2012

The measures proposed by government under its alcohol consultation have polarised opinion within the drinks trade, with the main trade body and producers condemning minimum pricing, while some in the on-trade and smaller merchants believe it is a good idea.


Drinks trade angst over minimum pricing grows

Published:  27 November, 2012

Angst is growing within the UK drinks trade as the government prepares to release its consultation into minimum unit pricing.


Why G-Men and G-Women are taking control of wine

Published:  21 November, 2012

There were some spilt cornflakes over breakfast in the more conservative parts of the wine and spirits trade when many of the major supermarkets brought in buyers from other grocery sectors to run their BWS departments. What could they possibly know about wine was the cry from middle England.


Chase Distillery launches Extra Dry Gin

Published:  09 November, 2012


The Chase Distillery has launched the first single estate English gin to be created in over 200 years, Williams Great British Extra Dry Gin (GB Gin).



Frederic Robinsons launches e-learning training programme

Published:  09 November, 2012

Frederic Robinsons is to launch an e-learning training programme with the aim of offering its on-trade tenants induction guidance and hands-on experience.


Number of licensed premises slightly up

Published:  31 October, 2012

There are 3% more licensed premises in the UK today than there were in 2008, according to the Home Office.


Indies haven't benefited from reported economic growth, says ACS

Published:  25 October, 2012

Despite figures from Office of National Statistics showing the economy has returned to growth, a survey carried out by the Association of Convenience Stores shows independent stores have not benefited.


Barwell & Jones expands sales team in the north

Published:  22 October, 2012

Wine agency Barwell & Jones has appointed two additional national account managers to its sales team in a bid to gain new distribution in key regions.


Drinks trade charity launches Benevolent Bursaries

Published:  16 October, 2012

The drinks industry charity The Benevolent has launched new initiatives to deliver career-long support to members of the trade, alongside a new website and branding.