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Chapter Collection: the Clerk & Well is the first site under Stonegate's new division

Stonegate unveils new premium division

By Finn Scott-Delany, MCA editor

Stonegate has launched the first site under its new premium division, which will be known internally as the Chapter Collection.

New research: premium softs and cocktails are expected to improve on-trade sales (credit: Getty/Dean Mitchell)

Premium softs to drive on-trade sales says Britvic

By Gary Lloyd

Soft drinks are set to drive on-trade sales during 2022 with customers more likely to upgrade to a premium choice than ever before, according to Britvic's latest Soft Drinks Review.

Asahi Legacy 2030 initiative: Asahi have aimed to have 20% of its portfolio made up by no-alcoholic beer by 2030

Asahi aims to make 20% of its beer alcohol-free by 2030

By Rebecca Weller

Asahi Europe & International (AEI) has announced its desire to demonstrate inclusiveness for alcohol-free lifestyles by aiming for 20% of its portfolio to be made up by alcohol-free products by 2030 as part of the Asahi Legacy 2030 initiative.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 42

The Lock In Podcast

Can pubs shake up the cocktail market?

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team look to shake things up when it comes to cocktails, and take a look at how pubs and bars can up their game when it comes to tapping into the growing cocktail sector.

Dr Steve Housden talks about cask beer in quality and how to improve it

the cask project

Is it time to reform the tradition of cask beer?

By Dr Steve Housden, beer expert

I write as a lover of cask-conditioned ale and a veteran of some 40-odd years of brewing it, caring for it in pub cellars and, of course, drinking it.

Summer of sport: Pub teams can now apply for the BT Sport Pub Cup

BT Sport Pub Cup returns with Wembley final

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pub teams can now enter the BT Sport Pub Cup, with free BT Sport and £1,000 in BT Shop vouchers up for grabs for the victors of the tournament.

That's the spirit: Brave operator sought for 'haunted' pub

Greene King seek new owner for haunted Scottish pub

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Suffolk-based pubco Greene King is offering a discounted rent to any operator brave enough to man the Osnaburg Bar in Forfar, Angus, which is fabled to be one of Scotland’s most haunted pubs.

Here's to many more years: Operators celebrate 43 years at Kent-based pub the Anchor

Licensees celebrate 43 years behind the bar

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Licensees of the Anchor in Sevenoaks, Kent, have celebrated their 43rd anniversary behind the bar as they opt to sign another 10-year contract with pubco Admiral Taverns.

Improving figures: JDW chairman Tim Martin expects ‘relative normality’ in the company's next financial year

JDW profits set to ‘break even’, boardroom switch announced

By Gary Lloyd

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has announced it “anticipates a ‘break-even’ outcome for profits in the current financial year” in its Q3 trading update, adding like-for-like sales were “slightly positive” for the last two weeks.

Unconventional initiatives: BrewDog co-founder pledges to give £100m of shareholding to team members

BrewDog boss to give £100m of shareholding to employees

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

BrewDog chief executive and co-founder James Watt has pledged to give £100m of his personal stake in the company to team members, and BrewDog bars will now also share 50% of their profits with those who work in them.

A listening ear: 24/7 mental health helpline now accessible for NTIA members (Getty/ We Are)

24/7 mental health helpline available for NTIA members

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A 24/7 helpline, run by the Drinks Trust, is now available to all members of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), as the organisations rally together to combat mental health stigma within the night-time economy.

Sales of rum in the on trade see 1.7% growth: UK rum market now third largest in the world (Credit: Getty/andresr)

UK rum market is now third largest in the world

By Rebecca Weller

The UK rum market saw gains of 1.7% in the on trade to January 2022 when compared with 2019 and has become the third largest rum market in the world, according to a recent report by the Campari Group UK.

Cost increase: chicken prices are continuing to rise (image: Getty/happyfoto)

Chicken could match beef on price

By MCA

Chicken could become as expansive than beef in the near future as the cost of chicken feed has risen by 50%, pushing up the cost of production, it has been reported.

City centre: the next MA Leaders Club meeting will be in Manchester (image: Getty/ChrisHepburn)

MA Leaders Club

Manchester MA Leaders stellar line-up revealed

By The Morning Advertiser

This month (May) will see MA Leaders hit the iconic city of Manchester where we’ll also be hearing from a number of speakers and experts about business growth, the ongoing pricing issues and more.

Cash injection: the White Swan in Ockbrook, near Derby reopened in April after a joint investment of £120,000 from Star and the pub's licensees

Star pumps £42m into pub refurbs

By Rebecca Weller

Heineken pub arm Star Pubs & Bars has announced it will invest £42m into upgrading more than a quarter of its estate during 2022 with particular focus on pub gardens in suburban areas as well as those on high streets and near residential neighbourhoods.

Training and talent: Industry professionals recognised at the NITA awards

NITA award winners announced

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Yesterday (28 April 2022), the very best in training, apprenticeships and wellbeing programmes were recognised at the British Institute of Innkeeping’s (BII) National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs).

What's in the news 29 April

The MA's Review of the Week

Pubs must remain an affordable treat

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington catches up with Anglian Country Inns md James Nye to get his take on the week's news, from inflationary pressures, the return to the "new normal" and tackling the recruitment crisis.

Multiple operator: Nightcap currently has more than 30 sites in its estate

Nightcap’s growth trajectory continues

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple operator Nightcap has continued its growth trajectory in the third quarter of its 2022 financial year, which is the 14 weeks ending 3 April.

Untold volatility: post-Brexit checks on EU imports have been delayed for a fourth time (Credit: Getty/MEDITERRANEAN)

Jacob Reese-Mogg delays post-Brexit checks on EU goods

By Rebecca Weller

Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Reese-Mogg has announced a fourth delay in the commencement of post-Brexit checks on EU goods in a move he claimed would save British businesses £1bn in annual costs.

New products round up: new beers from Black Sheep Brewery, Beers Without Beards, Signature Brew and Hackney Brewery

NEW PRODUCTS ROUND UP

New beers from Black Sheep and Hackney breweries

By Rebecca Weller

Included in this weeks new products round up are four new beers from Black Sheep Brewery, Beers Without Beards, Signature Brew and Hackney Brewery as well as new offerings from Atopia, Mouton Cadet, Buzzed and Amaro Santoni.

The White Horse: Arlesey pub reopens following investment from new licensee Hertfields and Greene King Pub Partners

Bedfordshire pub reopens following Greene King investment

By Rebecca Weller

The White Horse in Arlesey, Bedfordshire has reopened following a joint investment from pub owners Greene King Pub Partners and new licensee Hertfields, a local pub and events company run by Steve Birch.

Pubs can't tackle drink spiking alone: BBPA shares support for Home Affairs Committee's report (Pictured: BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin)

Pubs can't tackle drink spiking issue alone

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs work hard to keep their customers safe, but cannot overcome the issue of drink spiking alone, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has stated.

Manifesto pledges: the SBPA wants more help to boost the late-night economy (credit: Getty/fotoVoyager)

SBPA calls for late-night economy champs in Scotland

By Gary Lloyd

New ‘hospitality and late-night economy champions’ should be appointed in Edinburgh and Glasgow, according to the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) as part of its manifesto launch ahead of local elections on 5 May.

Frisco boss Cuthbertson on cask ale

the cask project

We need to stop the ‘Real Ale Assassins’

By James Cuthbertson, director Frisco Group and ex-MD of Dark Star Brewing

Let’s be honest, as an industry, when it comes to cask beer, we need to do much better.

Price hikes: JD Wetherspoon's labour costs have risen by 7.7% in 2022 (image: Getty/Pears2295)

JDW has increased pay rates by 5.5%

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pub giant JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has pushed its average pay per hour up by 5.5% a year from 2013 to 2021, it has revealed.

Support and security: UKH calls for Gov to help counter shortages in night-time sector (Getty/ AndreyPopov)

UKH backs call for Gov night-time sector support

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

UKHospitality (UKH) has backed calls for a Government support package to help counter shortages in night-time sector door staff, including assistance in recruitment and training of additional security staff, especially women.

Looking to the future: now is the time to re-evaluate sector says Lorraine Copes

Racism hinders career progress according to new research

By Gary Lloyd

Some 43% of black people say their ethnicity has hindered career progression in the hospitality sector while only 7% of white people believe the same, according to the second edition of the Inside Hospitality report.

Multiple operator: Nightcap CEO Sarah Willingham founded the business two years ago

A deep dive into Nightcap’s acquisition trail

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple operator Nightcap has hit the acquisition trail hard, buying up a number of sites over the past 12 months, taking it to a 33-strong estate at present, with an additional 23 under offer or in legal negotiations.