All news articles for October 2018

Cut out: the ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds would come into force between October 2019 and October 2020

Plastic straws could be banned by October 2019

By Nikkie Sutton

Single-use plastic straws and stirrers could be banned as early as October next year, after Environment Secretary Michael Gove launched a consultation into scrapping the items today (22 October).

Spooky specials: what makes a beer appropriate for Halloween?

What makes a beer perfect for Halloween?

By Emily Hawkins

The market for beers relating to Halloween is one full of energy, but what does a beer really need to do to match the spooky season? The Morning Advertiser spoke to brewers to find out.

Sober spaces: there is a growing market for venues offering late night drinks in a zero-alcohol environment

Are sober bars growing in popularity?

By Emily Hawkins

Although many licensed venues have upped their game and stock more zero- and low-alcohol drinks, some customers want an alcohol-free environment too.

A long and social affair: alcohol consumption dates back 10 million years according to the latest scientific theories

How has alcohol changed in 10 million years?

By Phil Mellows

Alcohol was a poisonous substance millions of years ago. Happily, humans have evolved to be able to drink it and a recent two-day conference revealed the many positive effects of the liquid – especially when used as a part of everyday bonding rituals

Not just in the bag: snacking has moved on from classic crisps and nuts to include tasty insects and exotic flavours

What are the latest trends in bagged snacks?

By Nikkie Sutton

Health tops the consumer agenda, even when it comes to pub snacks. As a result, producers are taking this into consideration when launching new brands

Plenty of options: cider can be served ice cold or warm, and on draught, bag-in-box and bottle

What role can cider play in winter trading?

By Nikkie Sutton

Cider is often seen as a must-have for when it’s hot but, as the temperature drops and the festive season approaches, operators need to be aware that the drink still has a big role to play in wintertime drinking