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BBPA: Pub beer sales decline by only 0.8% in 2014

Overall beer sales are up for the first time in 10 years off the back of two successive duty cuts - but sales in pubs are still in decline, according to the latest Beer Barometer figures.

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Unintended consequences of new pub planning laws

Beware of the law of unintended consequences. Community pubs minister Kris Hopkins has announced the Government intends to introduce legislation meaning planning permission would be required to change the use of or demolish a pub listed as an asset of community value (ACV).

WSTA calls on political parties to support wine and spirit industry

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has today published its general election manifesto, calling on the UK’s political parties to commit to policies that will help the wine and spirit industry to grow, tackle alcohol related harm and promote responsible production, supply and consumption of alcohol across the UK....

The real 'beer goggles'? Eye-tracking technology used on pump clips

A university lecturer has given new meaning to the phrase ‘beer googles’ by using eye-tracking technology to determine how punters pick their pint.

Thatchers aims at a 'new generation' with two new ciders

Two ciders designed to appeal to a new generation of cider lovers, are joining the Thatchers portfolio.

Joule’s to rethink craft beer concept

Steve Nuttall, managing director of Shropshire brewer and pub operator Joule’s has revealed the company is re-evaluating its Craft Beer Bars concept after mixed results at two trial sites.

Magners adds some Irish spirit to its new cider

The burgeoning “spider” (aka spirit cider) category has a new entrant in the form of Magners with Irish whiskey.