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A third of licensed premises reopened in April

Published:  17 May, 2021

After only a third of licensed premises traded in GB's first phase of reopening, today (17 May) marks the opportunity for many more to finally reopen, with most of the two-thirds (67.1%) of operators that have not yet traded having the option to do so as the on-trade is allowed to reopen indoors.

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Glass half empty

Published:  12 May, 2021

Restrictions may be lifting but there’s still a long way to go to return the on-trade to health, as Andrew Catchpole reports.

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Govt ditches on-trade BWS calorie labelling plans

Published:  12 May, 2021

The government has dropped plans to force hospitality businesses to list calorie content on alcoholic drinks, applying to both draught and pre-packaged offerings.

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SLTA: 'We’re a long way from fully reopening'

Published:  12 May, 2021

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) has welcomed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's confirmation that the Scottish on-trade will be able to serve alcohol indoors until 10.30pm from 17 May, but warned the road ahead is long.  

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Jascots brings Luna Austral to the UK

Published:  11 May, 2021

Jascots Wine Merchants has added Luna Austral to its growing portfolio, marking the Argentinian producer’s UK debut.

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UKH pushes for further support

Published:  10 May, 2021

UK Hospitality (UKH) has called on the government to provide further support for the sector by improving access to capital and to stick to the roadmap of lifting all restrictions from 21 June. 

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Weather dampens bank holiday drinks sales

Published:  10 May, 2021

The on-trade has recorded a significant like-for-like drop in drink sales in the week leading up to the May bank holiday as poor weather created tough conditions for bars, restaurants and pubs still only allowed to trade outdoors.

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Langham claims first with English Col Fondo

Published:  05 May, 2021

Langham Wine Estate has announced it will release kegs of a Col Fondo wine later this month, a move the winery claims to be a first for a UK producer. 

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Over 330,000 hospitality jobs at risk if rent protections removed

Published:  05 May, 2021

Over 330,000 hospitality jobs are at risk if rent protections are removed this summer, with £2.5bn in rent debt hanging around the neck of the industry, UK Hospitality (UKH) has warned. 

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High Court dismisses early hospitality opening

Published:  04 May, 2021

Sacha Lord, the night time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, has expressed “disappointment” as the legal battle to allow pubs and restaurants to reopen early was dismissed in the High Court.

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UKH calls for affirmative action on rent debt

Published:  04 May, 2021

UK Hospitality (UKH) has called on the government to take “decisive” action on rent debt to help safeguard sector recovery and protect up to a million hospitality jobs. 

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Hospitality loses £80bn of sales in 12 months

Published:  04 May, 2021

A staggering £80.8bn of hospitality sales have been lost in the past 12 months, according to the latest edition of the UK Hospitality (UKH) Quarterly Tracker compiled with CGA.

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TWE targets on-trade with ethical wine brand

Published:  04 May, 2021

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has launches a premium sustainable wine brand exclusively for the on-trade.

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Jascots converts ecommerce into private wine buyers club

Published:  04 May, 2021

Jascots has announced it is to convert its ecommerce into a private wine buyer’s club called ‘Jascots at Home’ from the day that restaurants can reopen indoors on 17 May. 

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Alliance strengthens on-trade team with three hires

Published:  29 April, 2021

Alliance Wine has expanded its on-trade team with three new senior recruits to bolster growth as the on-trade re-opens.

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Hakkasan bought by Tao Group Hospitality

Published:  29 April, 2021

Hakkasan Group has been acquired by US-based Tao Group Hospitality, for an undisclosed sum. 

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Mirabeau partners with Glass Half Full

Published:  28 April, 2021

Maison Mirabeau has partnered with drinks agency start-up Glass Half Full (GHF) to push its on-trade presence. 

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The Drinks Trust opens new emergency fund

Published:  27 April, 2021

The Drinks Trust has opened its Another Round emergency fund aimed at people who are still in need as they haven’t been allowed to reopen or because they’d lost everything last year. 

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Coravin targets on-trade with new systems

Published:  27 April, 2021

Coravin has unveiled new wine preservation systems targeted at the on-trade. 

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Solid first week for on-trade groups

Published:  27 April, 2021

Pubs, bars and restaurant groups have made a robust start to post-lockdown trading in England, the latest figures from the Coffer CGA Business Tracker has shown.

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