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New products round up: Camden and Joseph Holt breweries announce Jubilee beers

NEW PRODUCTS ROUND UP

New products from Camden Brewery and Ciroc

By Rebecca Weller

Camden and Joseph Holt breweries announce limited edition Jubilee beers alongside new products from Ciroc and Bullards plus a celebrity appearance.

Theakston and Robinsons launch beers for Queen's Platinum Jubilee

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Theakston, Robinsons and Joseph Holt launch Jubilee beers

By Gary Lloyd

North Yorkshire brewery T&R Theakston, Stockport-based Robinsons Brewery, Manchester brewer and operator Joseph Holt and Hook Norton Brewery of Oxfordshire are celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with the launch of new beers.

Staff impact: 30 jobs at the brewery are at risk

Heineken looks to close Caledonian Brewery

By Nikkie Thatcher

Drinks giant Heineken UK has proposed the closure of its Caledonian Brewery, citing the decades old infrastructure causing “significant inefficiencies and costs” as one of the reasons behind the decision.

Double joy: Salcombe has been recognised in both European and SIBA competitions

Salcombe Brewery celebrates two gold beer wins

By Gary Lloyd

Devon-based brewer Salcombe Brewery Co has scooped a gold medal at the 2022 European Beer Challenge for its Pilsner beer following hot on the heels of a gold for Belgica, its small batch Belgian Pale Ale, at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Awards.

Beer Day Britain 2022: celebration returns on Wednesday 15 June after two-year hiatus due to pandemic

Beer Day Britain returns for 2022

By Rebecca Weller

Beer Day Britain is returning after a two-year hiatus caused by the Covid pandemic, with Brits encouraged to partake in the event at the pub.

CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker: drink sales in managed pubs, bars, and restaurants up 1% in the seven days to Saturday 14 May (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Drinks sales in growth for fourth week in a row

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by value in managed pubs, bars, and restaurants were up 1% in the seven days to Saturday 14 May compared to the same week three years ago, the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Quality is key for cask beer

Are you getting it right on cask?

By Ed Bedington

Are you selling your cask beer within the three day window? That’s the question we’re asking as part of The Cask Project.

Female drinkers' choices could lead to more cask ale sales

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Female drinkers could be key in cask take-up

By Gary Lloyd

Licensee Ady Smith operates Greene King pub the Dove Street Inn, in Ipswich, with partner Karen. Here he explains how they took on the site and how cask can break ground with younger people.

Deal details: the sale will be completed in three parts over the course of the 2023 financial year (image: Getty/Robert Daly)

C&C sells Admiral stake

By Nikkie Thatcher

Drinks company C&C Group has announced the sale of minority interest in pubco Admiral Taverns to Proprium Capital Partners for a total consideration of £55m.

How to improve your range of soft drinks and sell more

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FEATURE: Go hard on capturing soft drinks sales

By Phil Mellows

It’s an old conundrum for the publican. You’d like to sell more soft drinks. You’d like to stock a bigger range. You’d like to offer your non-drinking customers something a little more interesting. In an ideal world. But as you may have noticed lately,...

How can cask beer retain its relevance?

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How can cask beer retain its relevance?

By Nikkie Thatcher

A number of beer experts discussed how cask can remain relevant The Morning Advertiser’s MA Leaders Club in Manchester earlier this week (Tuesday 10 May).

Huge investment: the Aspall Cyder House upgrade has increased manufacturing capacity by almost 60%

Molson Coors ploughs £16m into Aspall Cyder

By Gary Lloyd

Molson Coors has invested £16m into Aspall Cyder through a three-year renovation project to the cider-making facility in Suffolk and a first-ever TV advert campaign.

Low and no alcohol feature from beer to cider to spirits to wine

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FEATURE: Why low and no alcohol is not a compromise

By Michelle Perrett

The summer is coming with outside drinking and eating set to drive customers into the pub. And while many will reach for their usual tipple in the summer months some people for whatever reason will be looking at not drinking or reducing their alcohol...

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Boost your cider offer with this free PDF

By Gary Lloyd

Summer is on its way and what could be better than have a packed pub and, in particular, a packed beer garden to boost your bottom line?

New products: this weeks round up features products from Sandford's, La Chouffe, Belvoir, Howler Head and Portobello Road Distillery

NEW PRODUCTS ROUND-UP

Sandford's announces Jubilee cider & La Chouffe turns 40

By Rebecca Weller

Sandford Orchards release a new serve for the upcoming Jubilee as well as new products from Belvoir, La Chouffe, Howler Head and Portobello Road Distillery in this weeks round up.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Frisco boss Cuthbertson on cask ale

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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.

Molson Coors supports hospitality category

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Beer & beyond: Why Molson Coors is finding new ways to support its customers

By Martyn Cozens, UK on-trade director at Molson Coors

It’s been a testing couple of years for the hospitality sector and, as we emerge from the pandemic and face other economic challenges, there’s never been a more important time for pubs and their suppliers to support each other.

Figures released: Heineken announced its most recent trading update (image: Getty/LauriPatterson)

Heineken warns of further price hikes

By Nikkie Thatcher

Global brewer Heineken is considering increasing its prices as a result of inflationary pressures and “macro-economic uncertainty”.

The Blacksmiths Arms operator Maria Dillon along with the LoveInspire founder and chief executive Monica Holton

Heineken Brewing Good Cheer campaign celebrates togetherness

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Heineken’s Brewing Good Cheer campaign is subsidising get togethers for good causes, after research revealed 30% of people lacked confidence to go out, despite eight out of 10 people claiming socialising important to their wellbeing.

Improve your offer: if you a new pub operator who wants to add cask ale to your range, we can help

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Call for new cask ale operators

By Ed Bedington

With cask beer being a unique product for UK pub operators, it’s important to ensure pubs are maximising the opportunity and getting it right and The Morning Advertiser (MA) is now seeking new operators to the trade to help them lay solid foundations...

Cider specialists: The Ciderologist Gabe Cook (above right) has lots of advice as do Thatchers, Kopparberg and Westons, among others

The Cider Report

FEATURE: Facts, stats and advice to push your cider offer

By Gary Lloyd

The Chinese new year began a couple of months ago, ushering in the Year of the Tiger, but operators of hospitality businesses will be hoping 2022 will be the ‘Year of the Pub’ as sites return to full use across the UK.

A good week for gin enthusiasts: Bombay Sapphire, Whitley Neill and Edinburgh Gin all release new variants in this weeks new products round up

NEW PRODUCTS ROUND UP

Bombay Sapphire and Whitley Neill announce new gins

By Rebecca Weller

A good week for gin enthusiasts as this weeks round up features four new flavours from Bombay Sapphire, Whitley Neill and Edinburgh Gin while Northern Monk expands into the soft drinks category and other new products from Thatchers Cider, Hardys, Salford...

Thank Brew: Trade bodies back limited edition beers sold for the Jubilee (Getty/ GeorgePeters)

Limited edition beers brewed for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Limited edition beers will be sold by UK pubs and bars in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in the Thank Brew initiative, backed by trade bodies as a “fantastic opportunity” to celebrate the sector and bring people together.

Important part of a ‘proper’ pub: the appreciation of cask ale remains

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Licensees must realise the trouble cask is in

By Pete Brown

It’s 15 years now since I wrote the first edition of the Cask Report – an initiative organised by cask brewers and industry bodies to reinvigorate attitudes around cask ale. Now, The Cask Project is a new initiative with the same goals.

What is craft: consumers consider things like independence and locally brewed to be important (Credit: Getty/LauriPatterson)

What defines craft beer?

By Rebecca Weller

According to Statista 1.24bn hectolitres (hl) of craft beer were sold in the UK on-trade in 2019, but just 36% of the 829 surveyed by the website had a ‘good’ understanding of what craft beer means with many consumers looking to better understand the...

Thatcher's Blood Orange Cider: the cider makers latest variant is to be launched alongside Thatcher's biggest campaign to date

Thatchers announces new Blood Orange cider

By Rebecca Weller

Thatchers Cider yesterday (Monday 11 April) unveiled its latest offering, Thatchers Blood Orange Cider (4% ABV), with the new product launch set to be supported by the company’s biggest multi-media campaign to date.

A week of ups and downs: average drinks sales hovered just below pre-pandemic sales in the week to 2 April (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Drinks sales down 2% in the week to 2 April

By Rebecca Weller

Average drinks sales by value in Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants were 2% down in the seven days to Saturday 2 April when compared with the same week in 2019, the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker has shown.

Sites pipeline: BrewDog’s James Watt has revealed the business will open dozens more venues this year

BrewDog to open 27 sites this year

By Gary Lloyd

James Watt, co-founder of craft brewer and bar operator BrewDog, has revealed the business is set to open 27 new sites during 2022.

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