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William Grant & Sons raises further funds for The Drinks Trust

Published:  20 October, 2020

William Grant & Sons has raised an additional £10,600 so far from its latest, and final, #Standfast initiative in support of The Drinks Trust, The BEN in Scotland and The Restaurants Association Ireland.  

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Wales to go into national circuit breaker lockdown

Published:  19 October, 2020

The Welsh government has announced that the whole country will be going into a circuit beaker lockdown from 6pm this Friday.

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Tightening restrictions squeeze drinks sales further

Published:  19 October, 2020

Tightening restrictions have squeezed food and drink sales further, with more disruption to pubs and bars looming with the new tiered system, according to new CGA research.

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SA wine prices predicted to recover again in ‘next few years’

Published:  19 October, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a far-reaching effect on wine-producing countries across the globe, not least South Africa.

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The Drinks Trust gains Quintessential Brands as supporter

Published:  16 October, 2020

Quintessential Brands has signed up to support The Drinks Trust, marking the spirits company’s first official UK charity partner.  

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WSET announces initiative in support of Scottish hospitality

Published:  16 October, 2020

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has launched a joint initiative in partnership with The Mixing Glass to support Scottish hospitality workers during the current two-week lockdown. 

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UKH: ‘£40m Scottish pot not enough’

Published:  16 October, 2020

UK Hospitality (UKH) has warned that the £40m pot of financial support provided by the Scottish government is not enough to keep the hospitality industry alive.

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End of EOHO and 10pm curfew cause sales set-back

Published:  16 October, 2020

On-trade group sales fell back significantly in September after August’s Eat Out To Help Out (EOHO) boost and the introduction of the 10pm curfew, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker. 

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Tier 2 restrictions for London on-trade, with North West facing Tier 3

Published:  15 October, 2020

In a further escalation of the rolling partial lockdowns across the UK, the government is introducing Tier 2 restrictions on Londoners from midnight tomorrow (Friday 16 October), Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, announced in the Commons today. 

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Christmas to bring scant cheer for trade under tougher restrictions

Published:  14 October, 2020

The UK drinks trade will have little to toast this Christmas trading period if restrictions on socialising become more onerous, with a fall in off-trade sales compounded by a further dramatic down-turn in the on-trade.

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Think Spirits panel identifies lasting change in new drinks landscape

Published:  14 October, 2020

The pandemic has had a profound impact on all aspects of the business of drinks, reshaping how trade and consumers interact and behave, while delivering deep economic uncertainty.

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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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Supermarket BWS sales up 17%

Published:  13 October, 2020

Sales of beer, wine and spirits (BWS) through supermarkets increased 17% in the four weeks to 3 October, meaning the category remained the fastest growing, according to new Nielsen research.

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UK spirits exports face huge strain

Published:  13 October, 2020

The UK’s burgeoning spirits industry has taken a hit, with exports significantly down in the first half of 2020. 

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UKH: Additional extensive financial support crucial

Published:  12 October, 2020

UK Hospitality (UKH) has welcomed the new support for closed hospitality businesses but said that support for others must go further, repeating its call for a much more comprehensive package of support for the whole sector to cover rent and other overheads.  

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Number of licensed premises trading down 25,000

Published:  12 October, 2020

The number of licensed premises trading across Britain is down by nearly 25,000 on March levels as openings stall, according to the latest Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners. 

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On-trade in northern England could shut

Published:  08 October, 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to announce additional lockdown restrictions across parts of England early next week.

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On-trade in central Scotland to close

Published:  07 October, 2020

On-trade businesses across Scotland’s central belt, including Glasgow and Edinburgh, have been ordered to shut down for 16 days from this Friday. 

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Prowein 2021 extended to five days

Published:  07 October, 2020

Prowein 2021 has been extended by two days to five to allow the fair to follow current Covid hygiene and safety provisions.

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UKH calls for rethink of 10pm curfew

Published:  06 October, 2020

Ahead of a possible vote in Parliament tomorrow, UK Hospitality (UKH) has urged MPs to rethink the 10pm curfew which is crippling hospitality businesses.

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