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Veuve Clicquot to open London Champagne bar

Published:  17 October, 2019

Veuve Clicquot has partnered with award-winning US singer-songwriter Annie Clark, better known as St Vincent, to open a Champagne bar in London’s Covent Garden.

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UK cocktail market passes £600m

Published:  16 October, 2019

UK spirits lovers drank £604m of cocktails in the last year, according to the latest quarterly Mixed Drinks report from market analysts CGA.

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Berkmann hedges against Brexit Christmas chaos

Published:  14 October, 2019

UK distributor Berkmann Wine Cellars has invested £5m in increased stocks and storage capacity at bond in the run-up to Christmas.

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On-trade shrugs off Brexit gloom

Published:  14 October, 2019

Like-for-like sales in the on-trade rose 1.2% in September, according to the latest data from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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On-trade sector confidence dips to two-year low

Published:  23 September, 2019

Business confidence among the leaders of Britain’s pub and restaurant groups has taken a hit amid fears about the long-term impact of Brexit, pushing market optimism to its lowest ebb for two years, according to the latest quarterly Business Confidence Survey from CGA.

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Two to three big Christmases left for gin amid premium spirits boom

Published:  23 August, 2019

Pernod Ricard is banking on another big hurrah for gin growth this festive season, with its on-going popularity and major presence in the UK’s cocktail culture helping to boost growth of premium spirits.

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Independents bear brunt of restaurant closures

Published:  21 August, 2019

Britain’s restaurant numbers have fallen for the sixth quarter in a row with independent operators having borne the brunt of the closures as group-owned restaurants prove more resilient despite some major brand failures.

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Pubs and bars signal optimism as restaurant sector continues to suffer

Published:  15 July, 2019

The latest CGA Fourth Business Confidence Survey, canvassing opinion from hospitality industry leaders, has revealed concern over the frequency of consumer visits to pubs, bars and restaurants during the second half of 2019.

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Brits love Pornstars

Published:  14 June, 2019

Cocktails are now one of Britain’s fastest growing drinks categories in spirits, according to CGA.

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Zero growth for pubs and restaurants in May

Published:  11 June, 2019

UK pubs and restaurants saw trading fall flat in May, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker. Collective like-for-like sales growth across the market was zero compared to last year.

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On-trade is moving with the times, say suppliers, as Jamie’s and other well-known faces disappear from the high street

Published:  07 June, 2019

The tired, middle of the road, mid-market section of the on-trade is falling away to make way for new, more innovative concepts, suppliers have told Harpers.

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LWF: Consumers value experiences over value for money, says CGA

Published:  21 May, 2019

There has been a major shift in the way consumers decide which venues to visit, with the promise of entertainment and engagement now taking precedent over value for money.

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Restaurant closures rise as high street pressures hit hard

Published:  21 May, 2019

The number of restaurants in Britain dropped by 2.8% in the year to March 2019, according to the latest Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners.

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Music festivals offer £100m opportunity

Published:  07 May, 2019

Drinks suppliers could reap a £100 million booze bonanza this summer thanks to alcohol loving festival-goers, according to new CGA research on festivals.

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Hardys launches on-trade foodies wine range

Published:  17 April, 2019

Hardys, the wine brand from Accolade Wines, is targeting food matching with its new on-trade exclusive ‘Foodies Range’.

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Sunshine gives pubs and restaurant a lift

Published:  15 April, 2019

Pub and restaurants grew like-for-like sales by 3.8% last month compared to March 2018 when trade was hit by the ‘Beast from the East’, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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Vermouth and Japanese whisky among top serves in high-end London bars

Published:  09 April, 2019

Vermouth and Japanese whisky are among the most fashionable drinks in London’s top high-end bars, according to the latest CGA and DrinkUp.London's 2018 Influencers Report.

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Northern restaurant and bar boom continues

Published:  15 March, 2019

The number of restaurants and bars in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds increased by an average of 19% during the past five years, according to new research.

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Restaurants continue to struggle as consumers tighten purse strings ahead of Brexit

Published:  11 March, 2019

The restaurant trade suffered another tough month in February with the mini heatwave towards the end of the month failing to move the whole market much, despite an encouraging performance from the pub trade.

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UK restaurant numbers dip for first time in nine years

Published:  25 February, 2019

The number of “casual dining” restaurants has dropped for the first time in nine years as the pressures facing the sector take their toll.

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