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Punishing losses: Gin sales in the UK decreased from £2.7bn in 2019 to £1.9bn in 2020 (Credit: Getty/FluxFactory)

Gin sales see nearly £1bn decline

By Rebecca Weller

Gin sales in the UK dropped by almost £1bn in value, decreasing from £2.7bn in 2019 to £1.9bn in 2020 following various lockdowns and pub closures, according to figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Limited edition labelling for Kopparberg this summer

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Make limited-edition labelling Kopparberg a key brand at your pub

By Kopparberg

As we head into summer, consumers will start looking for easier drinking and more sessionable drinks to enjoy in hot beer gardens and with more drinkers than any other cider brand(1) and being the best-selling fruit cider in the UK(2), Kopparberg should...

Ideal choice: Birrificio Angelo Poretti is versatile and is the impeccable enhancement for any dining occasion

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Made for the table

By Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company

Nestled at the foot of the Italian Campo Dei Fiori mountains, the Birrificio Angelo Poretti brewery has been producing crisp, fresh beers for more than a century. Thanks to the innovative and meticulous art of blending hops, the beer has clarity, flavour...

Super Saturday: last weekends culmination of the Guinness Six Nations Rugby tournament sees 11.4m pints sold

'Super Saturday' sees 11.4m pints sold

By Rebecca Weller

Almost 11.5m pints of draught beer and cider were sold in pubs across the UK on Saturday 19 March as the nation cheered ‘Super Saturday’s’ culmination of the Guinness Six Nations championship, according to data from real time market intelligence business...

Great things can come in small packages: Guinness MicroDraught was launched in June last year

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Making the most of 2022 with Guinness

By Diageo

The number one stout in GB[1], Guinness is synonymous with quality. A strong reputation among consumers, Guinness is a trusted and reliable brand, and one that many customers will expect to see on the bar.

Information provided: the SIBA Craft Beer Report 2022 is being launched today (Thursday 17 March) at BeerX UK 2022 in Liverpool

Cask sales ‘under serious threat’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Traditional cask beer is “under serious threat” due to consumer drinking habits changing to ordering online and drinking more at home, according to a new report.

Cost of a pint sees biggest increase for a decade: average cost of a pint in the UK has increased by 23p in the past two years (Credit: Getty/	miodrag ignjatovic)

Cost of a pint sees biggest increase for 10 years

By Rebecca Weller

The average cost of a pint in the UK has increased by 23p in the past two years, the third biggest increase since records began in 1987, data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

How pubs can improve their wine offer

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How to improve your wine offer

By Heath Ball, MD of Frisco Group

Pubs and wine are not always a match made in heaven, as The MA recently explored in the last episode of the Lock In podcast.

Something for your pub? Gins, a rum and beer launches make up this week’s round-up

New products round-up

BrewDog and Whitley Neill roll out new gins

By Gary Lloyd

Spirits from BrewDog, Whitley Neill and One-Eyed Rebel and beers from Lakedown, Bellfield and Vocation make up the latest new product launches this week.

Opening plans: Nightcap CEO Sarah Willingham (credit: Nicky Johnston)

The Cocktail Club Cardiff opening in May

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, the owner of The Cocktail Club, the Adventure Bar Group and the Barrio Familia group of bars, is set to open a The Cocktail Club site in Cardiff in early May.

On a mission: Albert’s Schloss is set for an autumn opening in Liverpool

Albert’s Schloss announces Liverpool opening

By Gary Lloyd

Albert’s Schloss – the bar, restaurant and live entertainment brand operated by Mission Mars – is set to open a site in Liverpool as part of a £3m investment.

Has gin fallen out of favour with consumers?

Has the gin bubble burst?

By Ed Bedington

After what has seemed like a never-ending boom, it looks like the rapacious consumer demand for gin appears to be tailing off.

Government-backed scheme: the Prompt Payment Code is voluntary and promotes the fair treatment of suppliers (image: Getty/georgeclerk)

Diageo and Unilever hit back at removal from Prompt Payment Code

By Nikkie Thatcher

Diageo Scotland, Diageo Global Supply IBC, Diageo Northern Ireland, Diageo Great Britain and Unilever UK have been formally removed from the Government’s Prompt Payment Code (PPC) after “failing to honour their commitments”.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 38

The Lock In Podcast

Why are pubs so bad at wine?

By Ed Bedington

When it comes to beer and spirits, pubs are ahead of the curve, but why do they let the side down on wine so often?

Hot trends: shandies are among Pritesh Mody's predictions for drinks you should look to serve in spring and summer

Are people drinking differently when out and about now?

By Pritesh Mody, World of Zing Cocktails

Perhaps more recognisable as the cocktails mixologist on Channel 4 TV show Sunday Brunch, World of Zing Cocktails founder Pritesh Mody gives his thoughts on how cocktails are faring in the on-trade and offers his advice on what to expect and what you...

Pushing forwards: One Gin is targeting staff and product expansion

Gin producer smashes fundraising target

By Gary Lloyd

Ethical gin producer One Gin has smashed its fundraising target as it seeks to expand its sales team to reach more on-trade business, develop a vodka and non-alcoholic spirit, ramp up marketing and launch a new sustainable bottle while helping to fund...

Try this serve at your site: cocktail favourite the Shamrock Highball

In association with Britvic

Serve of the month – the Shamrock Highball

By Gary Lloyd

This cocktail from Britvic is simple yet elegant. It uses orchard fruits and the addition of honey adds sweetness to a boisterous Irish whiskey. Serve it in your venue.

Energy drinks see growth at a faster rate than the other soft drinks: category grew 42% by value compared to the same period two years ago (Credit: Getty/ Andrey_A)

Energy drinks category sees 42% growth in value

By Rebecca Weller

The energy drinks category has grown at a much faster rate than the wider soft drinks market in the past two years, according to the latest CGA On Premise Measurement data.

Sales, revamps and big investments: there’s plenty of property news this week

Property round-up

Beartown breaks ground on brewery, first Bounce site in seven years

By Gary Lloyd

The latest property news includes Beartown Brewery’s investment plans, a new Bounce site from State of Play, a pub purchase by Greene King, BrewDog to open in Cheltenham, Star Pubs & Bars to double managed estate in Scotland, Inn Collection Group's...

On-trade sales of Tequila rise by 106% in a year: total value sales for the year rose from £68.12m to £140.6m (Credit: Getty/ GMVozd)

Tequila sales increase by 106%

By Rebecca Weller

Sales of Tequila in the on-trade have increased by 106% in the past year with total value sales for the year rising from £68.12m to £140.6m, according to CGA data.

The bar is open: beers and an Indian spirit make up the new product launches

New products round-up

Trio of beers from Wild Card, Allsopp’s launches two classics

By Gary Lloyd

In the latest new product launches we have a trio of beers from Wild Card Brewery, two new beers from an almost forgotten historic brewer in Allsopp’s, Scottish brewer Cold Town Beer backs it national rugby team with a limited-edition ale, Indian spirit...

Heineken UK has announced an increase in its prices: company expects to be “significantly impacted by inflation and supply chain pressures” (Credit: Getty/Aleksandar Karanov)

Heineken UK announces price increase

By Rebecca Weller

Heineken UK has announced an increase in its prices as the company expects to be “significantly impacted by inflation and supply chain pressures” this year, according to the companies 2021 full year results report.

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