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Carluccio's bailout saves under half of its restaurants

Published:  22 May, 2020

Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s has completed its bailout deal with Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG), saving 30 of its 71 restaurants and costing 1,000 furloughed workers their jobs.

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Living with lockdown – Natalie Tennent, Berry Bros. & Rudd

Published:  22 May, 2020

Jo Gilbert caught up with Natalie Tennent, chief operating officer of London merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd about a large part of the business going into hibernation, while preparing for a shift in gears when lockdown eases. 

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Greene King gives 90% rent relief to tenants

Published:  21 May, 2020

Greene King has announced it will offer a major rent reduction to its tenants to give them a “fighting chance” of surviving the coronavirus pandemic.

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On-trade operators should plan ‘relaunch', not ‘reopening’, ahead of 4 July

Published:  21 May, 2020

On-trade operators should “step away from emotion”, challenging themselves to think back to when they started their businesses and consider it a relaunch, not a reopening, when they once again open their doors.

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Majestic and Moët launch fizz fundraiser for Drinks Trust

Published:  21 May, 2020

Majestic and Moët & Chandon have clubbed together to create a new fundraising initiative for The Drinks Trust.

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WSET takes exams online

Published:  21 May, 2020

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced that it is launching a virtual exam room for students self-isolating around the world to enable them to complete their courses during lockdown.

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US on-trade reopening gives near-future glimpse of path ahead for UK

Published:  21 May, 2020

Reduced food and drink ranges, continued off-trade sales, ongoing food take-out, plus the need for support from suppliers to ‘optimise drinks assortments’ are among the main takeaways from a recent Nielsen CGA survey of the US restaurant and bar sectors.

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Louis Latour continues quest for affordable sites outside of Burgundy

Published:  21 May, 2020

Maison Louis Latour has been ramping up its search for the best slopes for its hero Pinot Noir grape outside of Burgundy as a way of offering customers “stable” wine prices.

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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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New sustainability drive and HQ announced at ‘virtual’ Sicilia EP event

Published:  20 May, 2020

As Italy began its cautious lifting of lockdown, the annual Sicilia En Primeur event took the form of a virtual global webinar late last week, where organiser Assovini presented to many of those that would have attended the planned conference in Cefalù.

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Alcohol weathers Covid-19 peaks and troughs to become second highest food and drink growth category

Published:  20 May, 2020

Alcohol has weathered the storm of the coronavirus, new figures show, beating packaged foods and other beverages to see a 25% uplift in value sales since the beginning of lockdown.

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#Fair4Hospitality campaign calls on government to support sustainable reopening

Published:  20 May, 2020

UK Hospitality has launched a new campaign outlining best practice guidelines for the hospitality sector ahead of a gradual reopening from 4 July.

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Cono Sur rolls out organic range

Published:  20 May, 2020

Chilean producer Concha y Toro has launched a new organic range under its Cono Sur label.

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New ‘Deliveroo’ wine list accelerates Majestic partnership

Published:  19 May, 2020

Majestic Wine and Deliveroo have put the pedal to the metal to accelerate their UK partnership and cater for the lockdown generation.

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Wine tariffs to remain after Brexit transition period ends

Published:  19 May, 2020

Tariffs will remain in place on wines imported into the UK after the current Brexit transition period ends.

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The Wine Society asks trade to Nominate a Hero

Published:  19 May, 2020

The Wine Society has launched a new competition to highlight those who have lent much needed support to the vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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31 Days of German Riesling powers ahead

Published:  19 May, 2020

July is still the month for German Riesling in the UK, with the promotion once again heading back to British businesses.

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Casual Dining Group files for administration

Published:  19 May, 2020

Casual Dining Group (CDG), owner of high street brands including Café Rouge, Bella Italia and Las Iguanas, is seeking to appoint administrators.

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Nick Juby passes away

Published:  19 May, 2020

Popular trade figure Nick Juby has passed away, losing his battle with cancer.

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Echo Falls launches Botanicals wine range

Published:  19 May, 2020

Accolade Wines is sandwiching two trends together for its latest release: a botanically infused, low abv wine aimed at the younger generation.

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