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Long Read: Daring to dream of a Golden Era of hospitality

Published:  16 September, 2021

Hugh Jones fell into the drinks industry 14 years ago while trying to become a rock star and never left, learning his trade at Majestic Wine, Pernod Ricard, and Mentzendorff. After a locked-down winter teaching strangers how to make cocktails over Zoom, he is now sales manager at Colwith Farm Distillery.

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Drinks Trust backs PR internship for pandemic-affected workers

Published:  17 August, 2021

The Drinks Community – the professional members platform from The Drinks Trust – has partnered with UK drinks public relations agency Domino Communications to offer an internship for those working in the hospitality and drinks industry, whose livelihoods have been negatively affected by the pandemic.

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The Drinks Trust launches End of Furlough Grant

Published:  13 October, 2020

The Drinks Trust has launched a grant to help those experiencing immediate financial hardship as a result of the end of the government’s furlough scheme, which winds up on 31 October. 

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Champagne Academy launches emergency financial fund for The Drinks Trust

Published:  28 May, 2020

The Champagne Academy has announced the launch of a range of fundraising initiatives to help support The Drinks Trust and its beneficiaries through these turbulent times.

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Innovation Survey: All change

Published:  27 May, 2020

For this year's Innovation Focus, Harpers once again surveyed the trade to uncover the latest business-improving innovations in the drinks world. Andrew Catchpole reports on the findings. 

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Alcohol to not rebound globally until 2024

Published:  26 May, 2020

It will take five years for the global alcohol category to get back to pre-Covid health, the IWSR has predicted, with double digit declines expected to the hit the category this year.

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The Drinks Trust wellness services

Published:  21 May, 2020

The Drinks Trust has launched a number of new services focusing on improving the mental health of the industry and supporting them through what has been a troubling time for many.

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Freixenet Copestick in Drinks Trust fundraiser

Published:  05 May, 2020

The Freixenet Copestick team is raising money for The Drinks Trust through the month of May with an initiative called the FXC Drinks Dash.

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The Drinks Trust reaches £1m milestone

Published:  30 April, 2020

The Drinks Trust has raised just over £1m via its campaign launched in March to support the people of the drinks industry who have been left in financial crisis as a result of coronavirus (Covid-19).   

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Drinks trade ranks poorly on new sustainability index

Published:  10 February, 2020

The drinks industry is lagging behind other business sectors in its approach to sustainability, according to a new report published today.

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Mentzendorff ride smashes fundraising target for The Benevolent

Published:  12 July, 2019

The Mentzendorff team has once again picked up their bikes and donned their lycra to raise an impressive sum for industry drinks charity, The Benevolent.

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Teetotal for a year: why waking up to low and no is the trade's biggest challenge

Published:  30 January, 2019

The driest month of the year is almost over. But as the trend for drinking less but better – or not at all – continues into 2019, many consumers will be planning to moderate well into February and beyond. Changing drinking habits is something we can no longer ignore, says Hugh Jones, former prestige sale manager at Mentzendorff and now head of sales at Lucky Saint, which produces a 0.5% beer. Reporting for Harpers, Jones explains why he has vowed to go teetotal for a year with the aim of exploring what trade needs to do to stay relevant – while also making the most of the opportunities in the ever-evolving drinks industry.

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Brexit: WSTA launches #NoToNoDeal campaign

Published:  20 November, 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned MPs ‘don’t bottle it’, while urging wine and spirit businesses to get behind a campaign that makes clear that a no deal Brexit would be unacceptable to the UK drinks industry.

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The WSTA guide – what you need to know and what you need to question about the forthcoming budget

Published:  15 November, 2017

Budget speak explained by the WSTA

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Guy Woodward: Alcohol - the elephant in the cellar

Published:  27 July, 2017

Throughout my time around the wine trade, one fundamental aspect of its make-up has been constantly swept under the carpet. Alcohol. I have seen members of the trade battle addiction issues; engage in drink-driving, embarrass themselves through over-indulgence. And that’s before one turns to the damage wreaked in wider society. Yet never have I heard the topic discussed at any length or in any depth; we’d sooner spend hours debating terroir and tartaric acid.

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