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Business rates relief welcomed by pubs and drinks retailers

Published:  04 December, 2014

The 2% cap on business rates and commitment to a full "structural review", as revealed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Autumn Statement, has been broadly welcomed across all sides of the drinks industry - both on and off-trade.

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Despite positive H1 results, concerns about Greene King remain

Published:  04 December, 2014

Total revenue was up 3.3% rising to £614.9 million for the first half of 2015 fiscal year for pub company and brewer Greene King, but its operating profit dropped 3.1% to £123.3 million.

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Jago to highlight Middle Eastern cuisine at new opening in Shoreditch

Published:  03 December, 2014

 

Jago is a new Middle Eastern, European restaurant set to open in London's Shoreditch which can boast former head chef of the award winning Ottolenghi in the kitchen.

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London sees boom in restaurant openings in 2014

Published:  03 December, 2014

London has seen "unprecedented" growth in net restaurant openings in the past year, as 101 venues opened up, beating the previous 2006 record of 75.

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Brothers James and Richard Manning are doing their bit to shake up juice bars

Published:  03 December, 2014

Brothers James and Richard Manning started out in the industry selling fresh British juices made at their Herefordshire farm. Little did they know that their old wooden apple crates would transform their business, says Bernadette Costello, and they are now looking to work with wine and spirits brands.   

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You'll need loadsamoney to enjoy St Pancras's £60 a glass Cinnamoney mulled wine

Published:  02 December, 2014

Hands up who likes mulled wine? Go on, you know you do. Throw in a  few carols, a bit of recently laid snow and there's nothing quite like those touches of spice and cinnamon on a cold winter's day.

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Vinoteca counts down to Christmas with Wine-vent Calendar

Published:  01 December, 2014

After the frenzy of Black Friday you might think Christmas is almost upon us, but there are actually still 24 shopping days left.

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UK on-trade gears up for bumper festive season

Published:  01 December, 2014

Bars and restaurants are heralding a bumper festive season, with bookings so far 5-10% ahead of last year.

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Spanish wines fastest growing in UK bars and restaurants

Published:  01 December, 2014

Spanish wines are the fastest growing in the UK on-trade - listings are up 25% in the last year - at the expense of French wines, whose listings have fallen by 11%.

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Four pubs battle it out for CAMRA's National Pub of the Year

Published:  28 November, 2014

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has shortlisted four pubs who will battle it out to be named its National Pub of the Year.

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Zuma's Noel Pusch is named Sake Sommelier of the Year

Published:  28 November, 2014

Noel Pusch of premium Japanese restaurant chain Zuma's Abu Dhabi branch has been named Sake Sommelier of the Year at an awards ceremony at London's Westbury Hotel this week.

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Raisinable wine app brings mark up transparency to restaurant consumers

Published:  27 November, 2014

Raisinable, a free wine app which compares restaurant and retail wine prices and illustrates the mark up, is launching today and will feature several restaurants in London.

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Roger Jones on falling in love with the "wild west" of New Zealand's Central Otago

Published:  26 November, 2014

If there was one area in New Zealand which defines the whole ethos of its wine industry it must be Central Otago.

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Consumers to tighten purse strings on food and drink this Christmas

Published:  26 November, 2014

Consumers are planning to rein in Christmas spending on food, drink and gifts this year, according to a poll carried out by pub operator Greene King.

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Mitchells & Butlers profit down as revenues grow

Published:  25 November, 2014

Pub and bar operator Mitchells & Butlers, owner of the All Bar One and Browns venues, has seen revenues grow by 4% to £1.9 billion, while profits before tax fell by 13% to £123 million.

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Spirits can become far bigger part of on-trade sales mix, says CGA

Published:  24 November, 2014

Bars and pubs can do more to boost spirits sales, says CGA Strategy, with restaurants proving particularly fertile ground.

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Wine suppliers say scrapping beer tie will have limited effect on wine

Published:  24 November, 2014

Wine suppliers say the vote to break the beer tie will have a limited effect on wine sales - while it may open up the market, most leaseholders are already free to buy wine from a supplier of their choice.

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Roger Jones adds a Canterbury tale to his tour of New Zealand

Published:  24 November, 2014

The car journey from Blenheim Airport to Waipara is one of the most beautiful drives you could envisage, with a wild coastline that is picture perfect.

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Frustrated restaurateurs create homemade vermouth for own Ethicurean site and independents

Published:  21 November, 2014

Frustrated that they could not find a vermouth good enough to serve in their Bristol restaurant, the team behind the Ethicurean restaurant in Wrington, Bristol, decided to go and make their own.

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Roger Jones on what New Zealand is doing best with Sauvignon Blanc and his top wines

Published:  21 November, 2014

Concerns have been rumbling in the UK that Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc may have reached its fashion peak and is going the same way as Australian Chardonnay did a decade ago, where the industry were guided by the supermarket dinosaurs to produce a product that consumers no longer wanted, but price and flash instant big flavour hit was the defining factor.

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