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What's hot? Some of the top trends from Imbibe Live 2017

Imbibe Live 2017: top trends from the show

By Nicholas Robinson

Drinks trends that operators should look out for this year include the continued rise of gin, increased interest in foreign imports and rising interest in sparkling wines, five alcoholic drinks producers told The Morning Advertiser in this video.

Category update: CGA commercial director Graeme Loudon outlined the latest sales and figures for beer and cider at the event

Future Trends: Beer and Cider

Beer and cider trends from home and away

By Nikkie Sutton

Operators should expect to see more new craft beer and cider launches in the months ahead as experts in the sector predict a dramatic boost in consumer interest. 

Meeting standards: the trade needs to rethink its beer and cider hygiene training

Future Trends: Beer and Cider

Bad beer and cider hygiene must improve

By Nicholas Robinson

Operators investing little or nothing in beer and cider hygiene training must change their ways or risk a severe drop in sales, a panel of sector experts has warned.

Targeting the world: Gerry Tosh outlines BrewDog's global sales plans

Future Trends: Beer and Cider

BrewDog sets out ‘world domination’ plans

By Nicholas Robinson

BrewDog will dramatically expand its international business by pumping funds into markets such as France, Australia and Asia, as the brewer’s founders aim to be the largest craft brewer in the world.

Deal struck: Marston's will distribute beer to part of Punch's current estate

Punch strikes distribution deal with Marston’s

By Nicholas Robinson

Punch will change its delivery service ahead of its proposed takeover by Heineken and Patron Capital, following current distributor Carlsberg’s announcement to withdraw its UK delivery service.

Free of charge: customers will be able to claim a complimentary drink at participating Punch pubs

Punch brings back free pint promo

By Nikkie Sutton

Punch has announced the return of its free drinks promotion in partnership with Carling, Stella and Rekorderlig Cider.

Demands: CAMRA and WSTA set out general election manifestos

General election 2017

Drinks industry calls for ‘protection’ of £23.1bn pub trade

By Nicholas Robinson

Demands for a more prosperous pub and drinks industry have been set out by sector organisations the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) ahead of the general election.  

Big deal: Cider has an estimated worth of £3bn to the UK

The Cider Report

What is going on in cider?

By Nikkie Sutton

The multitude of sub categories of cider are ensuring the sector continues to thrive and will be a welcome tipple for many during summer. Nikkie Sutton reports.

Ideal for fridges: the new cans are available in three varieties

Cornish Orchards unveils 330ml cans

By Nikkie Sutton

Cornish Orchards has revealed three of its products in 330ml in a bid to enable licensees to maximise fridge space.

New site: Innis & Gunn opens its fourth venue

Innis & Gunn launches largest Beer Kitchen

By Nicholas Robinson

Scottish brewer and pub operator Innis & Gunn has launched its fourth and largest Beer Kitchen concept in Glasgow’s West End, with its own onsite microbrewery.

Clean break: beer hygiene is under the spotlight

7 day beer line cleaning rule ‘not strictly true’

By Nicholas Robinson

Cleaning beer lines every seven days is not necessarily the tell of good hygiene, on-trade cellar sanitisation firm Avani has claimed after a report outed the ‘dirtiest’ beer in Britain.

Pricey: expensive alcohol drives booze value up

Pricey booze steadies wet sales in pubs

By Nicholas Robinson

Expensive alcohol is helping pubs, bars and restaurants to increase or maintain profits from wet sales as consumers look for more premium experiences.

Bad beer: where's the best place to go for a pint?

Where are the ‘dirtiest’ pints in Britain?

By Nicholas Robinson

Operators in the south-west of England have been called out by this year’s Beer Quality Report as the most likely in the UK to pour pints from unclean lines.

Damning: beer quality at a low

Bad beer puts pubs at risk of ruin

By Nicholas Robinson

Pubs face potential ruin if they do not improve the quality of their beer, especially in an environment of increased costs and competition from the likes of coffee shops and fast-food outlets, sector experts have warned.

Future Trends: Beer and Cider event launches

Future Trends: Beer and Cider

Top beer and cider launches of 2017

By Nicholas Robinson

Beer and cider producers are taking advantage of healthy on-trade sales and have already launched dozens of new products this year; here we look at just a few of the biggest so far in 2017.

Tim Martin: price cuts will demonstrate potential effect of VAT cut on hospitality sector

JD Wetherspoon to slash 7.5% off food and drink at 900+ pubs

By Daniel Woolfson

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) chairman Tim Martin will hack 7.5% off all food and drink prices for one day across his 900+ pub estate later this year to demonstrate the effect a VAT cut could have on the hospitality industry. 

The gin boom: make way for Tequila?

2017 drinks trends: what to stock

By Nicholas Robinson

Gin will give way to Tequila and more consumers will seek to buy only locally-made alcoholic drinks, including craft beer and spirits.

Off the wagon: men aren't supportive of women's choice to drink less

Health

Men push women off #DryJanuary wagon

By Nicholas Robinson

Men are more likely to push their female partners off the #DryJanuary wagon, goad them into breaking healthy drinking plans and consume more alcohol than the other way round.

More than apples and cheese: cider is as sophisticated as a fine wine

Food matching

The guide to cider and food pairing

By Jane Peyton

Cider is too often overlooked in favour of other drinks when it comes to pairing dishes with food. But these brews have just as much a right to be drink alongside good eats. Jane Peyton reports

Premium targets: Molson Coors is looking to expand its range

Exclusive

Molson Coors set to buy more beer brands

By Nicholas Robinson

Beer behemoth Molson Coors, owner of brews including Sharp’s and Cobra, will buy and develop more beer and cider brands in a bid to expand its recently launched premium Brew + Press range.

The Jetsons' idea of the future didn't pan out

Technology

Robot Wars judge: ‘Bots will serve pints soon’

By Nicholas Robinson

Robots will pull and serve pints behind UK bars sooner than operators think, according to Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at Sheffield University.

Cocktails in pubs are on the up

Top 10 spirits brands in pubs

Brexit will lead customers to trade-up on spirits

By Nicholas Robinson

Brexit will impact the UK’s spirits category, but operators can benefit from any negativity by focusing on their customers’ needs, according to William Grant & Sons’ managing director for UK & Ireland.

The best cider brands in pubs

Cider

Cider sales in the on-trade are up

By Nicholas Robinson

Cider volumes and value sales have seen the most growth in the on-trade than the off-trade in the past 12 months, while the average cost of a pint in a pub is three times as much than in a shop, according to Westons in its first cider report.

New Smirnoff cider comes in two flavours: Passionfruit & Lime and Raspberry & Pomegranate

Cider

Smirnoff vodka launches first ciders

By Nicholas Robinson

Smirnoff vodka has entered the fruit cider category with the launch of its Passionfruit & Lime and Raspberry & Pomegranate liquids – a blend of fruit flavours and vodka.

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