All news articles for January 2020

Very vegan: new research unveils the Veganuary boom with 16% of positive reviews mentioning the word ‘delicious’

Reviews quoting ‘vegan’ rise 104% in a year

By Alice Leader

New insight has revealed the public’s keenness to participate in Veganuary as the percentage of reviews citing the word ‘vegan’ rose by 104% between January 2019 and January 2020.

Site closures: Revolution claims it will open more sites this year (image: Evelyn Simak, Geograph)

More sites next year says Revolution boss

By Emily Hawkins

Revolution Group chief executive Rob Pitcher has confirmed the bar chain still aims to open new sites in the near future after closing a handful of underperforming venues.

Breaking and entering: a licensee held a burglar to the ground after he broke into his pub and tried to smash a fruit machine open

Licensee catches burglar red handed

By Alice Leader

A licensee pinned a burglar to the floor after the intruder smashed through a window and began attacking a fruit machine with half a paving slab.

Heart of steel: steel yourself for a look at the property market in Sheffield

Regional report

Why own a pub in Sheffield?

By Michelle Perrett

Once nicknamed Steel City in recognition of its rich industrial past, Sheffield remains a working city with a large student population and a range of other industries.

Political posturing: JDW says ‘let’s stay friends’ as it cuts prices of drinks that come from European countries

JDW to continue sales of EU brands

By Alice Leader

JD Wetherspoon’s EU alcohol brand discounts in the run-up to Brexit do not signal an intention to ditch continental names, despite pubco boss Tim Martin’s keenness to stock more homegrown products.

A tough trade: despite research showing the pub sector is expanding, licensees give their views on what’s going on behind closed doors

Why is the local pub still under threat?

By Alice Leader

Despite a busy year in the sector that has included highlights such as huge pub chain acquisitions, there are still concerns of how to uphold the traditional, British institution of the local pub.

Rapid growth: Greene King said it will be expanding its vegan offer following substantial sales in 2019

Greene King vegan sales up 265%

By Emily Hawkins

Greene King has said it will be expanding its plant-based food offer after its total sales of vegan dishes saw a year-on-year increase of 265% in the past financial year.

Marketing campaign: the A-Z of ways to best market your pub for the upcoming year

A-Z of on-trade marketing

By Stuart Stone

From the rise of TikTok and the resurgence of Facebook to bar-top point of sale, experts explain what to factor in to your on-trade marketing in 2020.

Proper Job: 'I absolutely have been conscious of the fact I’ve been born with a silver spoon in my mouth – but that has made me work twice as hard throughout my career because I’ve been so chippy about it'

Exit interview

St Austell to pass 200-pub mark in 'next few years'

By Stuart Stone

Having joined the company as an apprentice, St Austell Brewery’s CEO James Staughton officially bows out on 31 January after an impressive four decades at its helm. Here he shares a slice of his Cornish past.

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