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The rising trend of cannabis-infused food and drink

By Nikkie Thatcher

- Last updated on GMT

Time to relax? Cannabis is said to have many health benefits
Time to relax? Cannabis is said to have many health benefits
With attitudes towards cannabis softening in some parts of the world in recent years, there are many new ideas about how to use the plant – including adding it to drinks.

Cannabis-infused food and drink is a growing trend across the globe including Coca-Cola being rumoured to be in talks about exploring a line of cannabidiol (CBD)-infused beverages however, the drinks giant has decided not to proceed for now with a spokesperson saying: “The space is evolving quickly, but no decisions have been made at this time.”

While the trend doesn't seem to have taken off completely in the UK yet, it does seem the nation has considered the opportunity.

The Cannabis Trades Association found the number of CBD users in Britain increased from 125,000 in 2016 to 250,000 last year. 

Meanwhile in the Big Interview, Curious Brewery’s MD Gareth Bath gives the run down of the Kent-based business including its new multimillion-pound site in Ashford.

The new brewery is 20,000sq ft including 1,000sq ft of retail as well as 4,000sq ft of restaurant and bar space. It can hold 170,000 of pints at any one time – enough to give two to everyone in Ashford.

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Cider heroes

From hops to apples, cider is a drink for all seasons but when the sun comes out, a plethora of varieties can be explored by customers in the warmer climates.

The latest issue of The Morning Advertiser​’s annual Cider Heroes feature showcases products from some top producers.

Free-from

When it comes to food, pleasing every diner is a challenge in itself but when you throw in the added demand for meals to cater for those with intolerances or lifestyle choices, it can be a little more tricky.

Coeliac UK has advised on how operators can best showcase free-from dishes and why it is so important to pubs to cater for these customers.

Entertainment

Outside of a pub’s food and drink offer, consumers are constantly looking for something ‘different’ to get them to the pub.

In the past, a drink and a game of dominoes was all a pub had to do to keep a regular’s custom. Now the bar is set much higher and the expected experience is key.

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