All news articles for October 2020

Well placed: 'Whitbread’s long-term strategy remains as relevant and compelling as ever,' Whitbread CEO Alison Brittain said

Whitbread ‘well placed’ in the UK despite pandemic losses

By Stuart Stone

The operator behind brands such as Brewers Fayre, Beefeater and Premier Inn has revealed a swing from £219.9m in pre-tax profit to a statutory loss of £724.7m in its interim first half results for the 2021 financial year.

Lockdown champion: 'Our latest numbers show that rum is lockdown’s champion, as the experimentation Brits liked to enjoy in pubs and bars carried over to their homes,' the WSTA's Miles Beale said

Rum crowned ‘the drink of lockdown’

By Stuart Stone

New figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) have revealed rum enjoyed the biggest growth across all spirits categories during lockdown.

Proactive step: 'the CVA proposed by the group’s Revolution Bars Limited subsidiary entity, if agreed by landlords, is another proactive step to lower outgoings to help safeguard the future of the group' according to CEO Rob Pitcher

Revolution Bars Limited CVA launched

By Stuart Stone

Nationwide bar operator Revolution Bars Group has launched a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) of subsidiary Revolution Bars Limited in a bid to improve the wider group’s long-term financial position.

Closures ahead: pubs in Warrington will have to close unless they can operate a food-focused offer

Warrington pubs forced to close

By Emily Hawkins

Pubs in Warrington, north-west England, will have to close unless they can serve meals with alcohol.

Buyout: Chase bought out by Diageo

Diageo buys Chase distillery

By Nicholas Robinson

Spirits giant Diageo has acquired family-owned Chase Distillery and its portfolio of brands for an undisclosed sum.

Helping communities: pubs have stepped up to help vulnerable children this half-term

'No one should go hungry, least of all kids'

By Emily Hawkins

Pubs have compiled free food parcels and meals for vulnerable children after MPs voted against funding free school meals during holidays, including the October half term.

Best celler: ‘a great pint will always be in demand and will see your customers returning time and time again – especially key at a time when recommendations and repeat business are more important than ever,’ Heineken UK’s Jerry Shedden said.

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Perfect pints – born in the cellar, raised at the bar

By The Morning Advertiser

Even in the throes of a global pandemic, maintaining a stellar pub cellar is far from small beer, especially with potentially lower product throughput. The Morning Advertiser looks at how Covid-19 has shifted demand downstairs.

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