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Bud Light launches in the UK

24-Feb-2017 - AB InBev has announced the launch of Bud Light to the UK in response to "growing demand".

Pubs code adjudicator in plea for ‘constructive discussion’

24-Feb-2017 - Pubs code adjudicator (PCA) Paul Newby has urged critics of his office to “put hostility aside” and meet with him for “a constructive discussion”. 

Gin exports will hit £500m this summer

24-Feb-2017 - Overseas sales of British gin were worth almost half a billion pounds last year and the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has predicted exports of the tipple will hit...

First football silverware of the season to be settled

24-Feb-2017 - The EFL Cup final takes place on Sunday afternoon, and this weekend will also see the return of the RBS 6 Nations to pub screens.

Pub beer sales down 2.9%

24-Feb-2017 - More than 100,000 fewer barrels of beer were sold in pubs in the final months of 2016 compared to the year before, while off-trade beer sales continued to rise, according to figures...

Craft Beer Rising 2017: top trends from the show

24-Feb-2017 - Craft beer trends operators should watch out for this year include sour beers, extra strength and flavoured, five brewers at the show told The Morning Advertiser (MA) in this video.

Punch grows Village Pub & Kitchen estate

24-Feb-2017 - Punch has grown its Village Pub & Kitchen format to seven sites and is assessing its estate for the next stage of rollout, MCA has learnt.

Fuller’s launches new London Pride Unfiltered

24-Feb-2017 - London brewer and pubco Fuller’s has unveiled its biggest beer launch in a generation, a 4.1% ABV unfiltered keg variant of its flagship brew London Pride.

Heineken launches new beer brand Maltsmiths

23-Feb-2017 - Heineken has launched two beers under new craft beer brand Maltsmiths.

Board restructure for CPL Training Group

23-Feb-2017 - CPL Training Group has announced a restructure of its board to reduce costs and highlight revenue opportunities.

Government considers ‘further support' for rates-hit businesses

23-Feb-2017 - Communities minister Sajid Javid has told MPs that he will work with the Chancellor to provide “further support” for businesses worst hit by rate rises due in April.

Institute of Licensing chairman term extended

23-Feb-2017 - Following a board meeting earlier this month (February), the Institute of Licensing has extended Daniel Davies’s term as chairman until February 2020.

Tim Martin: pubs 'destined for further decline' without tax relief

23-Feb-2017 - JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has hit out at the Government’s upcoming business rates rises and tax inequality, which will see his pubco hit with a bill of millions.

Greg Mulholland tables early day motion on business rates

23-Feb-2017 - Liberal Democrat MP and pub campaigner Greg Mulholland has tabled an early day motion (EDM) calling for the Government to take action to cap controversial business rates rises for pubs...

Mounting costs pose real threat to on-trade growth

23-Feb-2017 - Increasing food and drink prices, as well as business rates revaluations, pose immediate threats to on-trade growth this year, new research shows.

BT Sport announces price freeze

22-Feb-2017 - BT Sport will not raise the prices of its subscription packages when the new business rates are announced in April, the broadcaster has confirmed.

MPs to pull pints and make cocktails at Apprenticeship Showcase

22-Feb-2017 - More than 100 young people will challenge their local MPs' hospitality skills at the Apprenticeship Showcase next month (March).

Purity Brewing Company launches keg ale after cask success

22-Feb-2017 - Purity Brewing Company is to roll out its Bunny Hop cask pale ale in kegged format.

Chefs' Choice awards finalists announced

22-Feb-2017 - The finalists have been announced for the upcoming Chefs' Choice awards, which celebrate the highest quality products available from foodservice suppliers.

Industry bosses join to battle business rates

22-Feb-2017 - Trade leaders have teamed up to call on the Government for “immediate business rates relief” for pubs and restaurants ahead of the Budget next month (March).

CAMRA announces Champion Winter Beer of Britain winner

22-Feb-2017 - Moor Beer Company’s Old Freddy Walker beer has been crowed Champion Winter Beer of Britain at the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)’s National Winter Ales Festival.

Responsible drinking messages in pubs 'largely ignored'

22-Feb-2017 - Alcohol Research UK has called for a "multi-pronged" approach to responsible drinking in pubs after a study revealed that posters encouraging drinking in moderation are largely ignored in a pub...

Sour and extra strong beers recognised at world brewing awards

22-Feb-2017 - Three new categories have contributed to a leap in entries to the International Brewing and Cider Awards, with 50 countries putting forward more than 1,100 products.

Camden Town Brewery to launch Rhubarb IPA

22-Feb-2017 - AB InBev-owned Camden Town Brewery is to launch a new 5.2% ABV 'dream beer'.

Sharp's brings 'transatlantic' pale ale to UK pubs and bars

21-Feb-2017 - Sharp’s brewery has launched golden ‘transatlantic’ pale ale Two Tides in the UK as part of a collaboration with its Canadian sister brewery Granville Island Brewing Co.

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