Drinks

Drinks trends: CGA top tips for operators (Credit/Getty:Anchiy)

Growing drinks trends for pubs

By Felicity Giles

Speaking at the CGA Imbibe Live event earlier this month, CGA by NIQ client director Chris Sterling shared an expert overview on current drink trend

Mixed drinks trends: CGA report shows customers are becoming more

Mixed drinks trends pubs need to know

By Rebecca Weller

Customers are becoming more “experimental” with cocktails in the on-trade but innovation is key for pubs to harness the trend, CGA’s latest Mixed Drinks Report has shown.

Pete Brown on Marston's selling last 40% of brewing business

THE CASK PROJECT

OPINION: What does Marston’s sale mean for cask?

By Pete Brown, beer author

The announcement last week that Marston’s has sold its 40% stake in Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) to its Danish partner for £206m has deepened the gloom around the already beleaguered cask ale category.

Small beer festivals are a chance to help cask ale

THE CASK PROJECT

Can a rise in smaller beer festivals save cask ale?

By James Ramm, head of sales, Woodforde’s

Questions have been raised over the viability of big name beer festivals with the postponement of some of Britain’s biggest – but exciting alternatives for brewers remain in the rise of smaller festivals, writes Woodforde’s head of sales, James Ramm.

Perfect result: Pint sales exceed expectations by 56% during Euros 2024 semi-final (Credit:Getty/FG Trade)

EXCLUSIVE: 12.5m pints poured during Euros 2024 semi-final

By Rebecca Weller

Beer sales in pubs during the Euros semi-finals finished 56% higher than previously predicted with 12.5m pints poured during the 90-minute match, data from real time market intelligence firm Oxford Partnership has revealed.

Raising awareness: Star & Timothy Taylor joined forces to release collaborative charity brew

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Star and Timothy Taylor's release charity brew

By Rebecca Weller

Star Pubs, the pub arm of Heineken UK, has joined forces with Timothy Taylor Brewery to introduce a new limited-edition cask ale in a bid to tackle loneliness.

New products: This week's round up features an on-trade exclusive from Seven Bro7hers

NEW PRODUCTS: EXCLUSIVE ON-TRADE RELEASE

Seven Bro7hers introduces fruity new beer for pubs

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round up features an on-trade exclusive from Seven Bro7hers alongside new products from Nirvana, Hooch, Greene King and more.

New deal: BBG to take over distribution of San Miguel in the UK from CMBC

BBG to take over San Miguel's UK distribution from CMBC

By Rebecca Weller

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company’s (CMBC) has shared its “disappointment” at Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I’s (BBG) new deal with Mahou San Miguel to distribute San Miguel in the UK.

Evolution rather than revolution: Simon Theakston

Profits and turnover rise at Theakston

By Gary Lloyd

Yorkshire-based brewer T&R Theakston has reported an 8% boost for its pre-tax profits in its annual report for the year ending 31 December 2023.

Price hikes: Lager costs up 4.6% YOY (Credit: Getty/Jack Andersen)

Pint prices jump 4.6% for second month in a row

By Rebecca Weller

The cost of a pint has increased by 4.6% for a second consecutive month, the latest year-on-year (YOY) figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

March to victory: Woodforde's relaunches Lion Heart in support of the England football team during the 2024 Euros

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Woodforde's brings back limited-edition ale for Euros

By Rebecca Weller

Norwich-based Woodforde’s brewery has re-released a limited-edition beer exclusively available to pubs on cask to show support for the Three Lions during the Euros 2024.

Summer of cider: how to make your offer sparkle

FEATURE - Cider

FEATURE: Why the garden is a great place for cider

By Fiona Griffiths

Summer has finally arrived (meteorologically speaking at least), and with 63% of people visiting the pub more frequently during the summer months, that means it’s boom time for your business.

Experts at low & no event on taking advantage of sector

THE LOW & NO PROJECT

How training is key in low & no market

By Gary Lloyd

Getting your staff on board with low & no drinks is vital in claiming your share of a market worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

Organisation calls: CAMRA outlines six campaigning priorities in its election manifesto (image: Getty/Nirian)

CAMRA's key asks for next Government

By Felicity Giles

Fair tax for the sector, better planning protection and changing the business rates system are three of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)'s key asks ahead of the general election next month (4 July)

Zebra striping drinking increasing in popularity

THE LOW & NO PROJECT

‘Zebra striping’ drinking on the increase

By Gary Lloyd

One in three visits to the pub are alcohol-free (AF) and a quarter of drinkers are alternating between full-strength alcohol and AF when visiting the on-trade.

Low, Light & Alcohol-Free Summit to take place in September 2024

THE LOW & NO PROJECT

Low, Light & Alcohol-Free Summit to take place in September

By Gary Lloyd

The trend is growing for drinking less alcohol, according to Laura Willoughby MBE, who will be talking more about the subject at the inaugural brand-led conference called the Low, Light & Alcohol-Free Summit 2024.

Shepherd Neame releases Go For Gold to honour Olympics win

THE CASK PROJECT

Shepherd Neame’s tribute beer to war and sporting hero

By Gary Lloyd

Kent brewer and pub operator Shepherd Neame is releasing a cask beer to commemorate 100 years since Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame’s gold medal success in the 1924 Paris Olympics.

Drinks tracker: sales down year-on-year as heavy rain returned (Credit:Getty/Tim Parker)

Wet weather dampens drinks sales

By Rebecca Weller

After two weeks of year-on-year growth, wet weather has washed the positive figures away and pushed drinks sales back below 2023 levels.

Joseph Holt to allow brewery tours for first time

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Joseph Holt to celebrate 175 years with festival

By Gary Lloyd

Northern brewer Joseph Holt is allowing fans of the brand a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to go have a look behind the scenes of its Manchester brewery as part of its inaugural beer festival.

Winner: Jamie Delap of Fyne Ales named Brewer of the Year 2024 by Alun Cairns MP, chair of the APPBG

APPBG names its Brewer of the Year

By Gary Lloyd

The All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG) has named Jamie Delap of Fyne Ales as its 2024 Brewer of the Year.

Sales of low and no alcohol beer in pubs 2024

THE LOW & NO PROJECT

Low & no alcohol beer sales continue to grow

By Nikkie Thatcher

While the low and no-alcohol beer category takes up a smaller percentage of the on-trade market, it is the fastest growing sector in both volume and value sales.

Low & No Project: new products

THE LOW & NO PROJECT

New low & no serves to expand your range

By Rebecca Weller

Following the launch of the Morning Advertiser’s (MA) Low & No Project earlier this week, we’ve put together a handy round-up of some of the best new products in the segment from the last 12-months.

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