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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.