This year The Morning Advertiser (MA) is partnering with mindful drinking organisation Club Soda to bring publicans the Mindful Drinking Christmas event in London.
Attendees will be armed with the latest insight, opinion and trends on alcohol-free drinking and products to use in their businesses.
‘A major part of the pub’s offer’
MA editor Ed Bedington, who will be speaking at the event, said: “Just a few years ago many in the trade brushed aside talk of alcohol-free becoming a major part of the pub’s offer.
“But, with one fifth of adults in the UK claiming to be teetotal, this is a trend that needs to be taken seriously and operators must consider what they are offering to this important segment of consumers.”
Other speakers include Big Drop Brewing Co’s Rob Fink, London Night Time Czar Amy Lamé, Draft House founder Charlie McVeigh and Laura Willoughby MBE of Club Soda, among many others.
‘New dietary and health trends’
Willoughby said: “Venues are getting better and adapting to new dietary and health trends, but they are still slow on the uptake when it comes to low alcohol and alcohol-free drinks. Yet next to water, an alcohol-free beer is the healthiest thing you can drink in a pub.
“The options available now taste amazing. No customer should need to suffer a lime and soda when they can have a premium alcohol-free drink. It just makes business sense, from a customer service point of view and financially too.”
The event, in association with Heineken, will be hosted at Patisserie Valerie this Friday (24 November) on 37 Brushfield Street, London, and is free to attend.
Speakers and topics:
Ed Bedington, MA
Setting the market context
Laura Willoughby, Club Soda
What the new diet/drinking trends tell us
Ounal Bailey, Wisehead Productions
Insights from the drinks industry
Rob Fink, Big Drop Brewing Co
How brewing alcohol-free beer has changed
Charlie McVeigh, The Draft House
Why low-and no-alcohol drinks should match your brand and why they are important
Anthony Pender, BII and Yummy Pubs
Why low and no is important to the future of pubs
Your chance to ask questions
Festival tasting, hosted by Laura
A tasting of what's on the market