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Difficult month: drinks sales close January 8% down on 2023 (Credit:Getty/SolStock)

January drinks sales finish 8% down on 2023

By Rebecca Weller

Britain’s pubs and bars closed a difficult January with a third successive week of negative year-on-year sales, data from CGA by NIQ has revealed.

How to tailor a low and no drinks offer at your pub

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The low and no drinks you must serve in January

By The Morning Advertiser

What goes up must come down is the saying, and the festive highs in the on-trade are painfully followed by January lows – but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Number crunching: drinks sales were down compared to the same period in 2022 (image: Getty/ValentynVolkov)

Xmas drinks sales ‘on a knife edge’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Drinks sales for the last week of November/first weekend of December were down again compared to last year, new figures have found.

What are the best selling brands of 2023?

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The Drinks List – top brands to stock in 2024

By The Morning Advertiser

Welcome to the Drinks List 2024 – a list of the top-selling beverages in the on-trade looking at 15 different categories during the past year.

Changing Demands of New Generation Cider Drinkers: range most important according to Heineken UK's latest report

Range 'most important' to new generation cider drinkers

By Rebecca Weller

Three quarters of cider drinkers feel range is most important when choosing a hospitality venue to visit, especially during the winter months, according to the latest Heineken UK cider report.

New products: this month's round up features Black Sheep Brewery, Molson Coors, Hogs Back Brewery and more

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Black Sheep Brewery releases first craft beer

By Rebecca Weller

This month's round-up includes new products from Black Sheep Brewery, Molson Coors, Thatchers Cider, Warner's Distillery and more.

On-trade boost: sales of cider rose the most year-on-year last week (credit: Getty/ViewApart)

Weather and sport boost weekly drink sales

By Gary Lloyd

Drinks sales in the on-trade rose by 3% in the week to last Saturday (14 October) with the Rugby World Cup and good weather cited as the key drivers.

Classic combination: Thatchers Cider unveils new seasonal flavour Spiced Apple

Thatchers reveal new seasonal cider

By Rebecca Weller

Somerset-based cidermaker Thatchers has unveiled a new seasonal flavour for the on-trade, available on draught with its Fusion Font range.

Pints galore: Pubs are in with a chance to bag £150k cider

£150k of Stowford Press cider up for grabs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Westons Cider is giving 12 pubs the chance to bag a year’s worth of Stowford Press as part of a £150,000 investment in a bid to boost the hospitality sector.

Excise duty freeze: newly elected NACM chair David Sheppy (pictured) calls for more Government support for cidermakers

New NACM chair calls for excise duty freeze

By Rebecca Weller

The National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) has elected director of family-owned and Somerset-based Sheppy’s Cider, David Sheppy, as its new chair.

New products: this month's round-up includes Diageo, Double Dutch, Beavertown, Fentimans and more Smokehead

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Diageo releases new Captain Morgan's flavour

By Rebecca Weller

This month's new products round-up features new serves from Diageo, Double Dutch, Beavertown, Fentimans, Smokehead, Britvic and more.

 New rules: from 1 August 2023, the alcohol duty system will be changing (image: Getty/Phill Thornton)

How are alcohol duty rates changing?

By Nikkie Thatcher

Ahead of the changes to alcohol duty rates in under a month (1 August), The Morning Advertiser takes a look at what the new system will look like.

Cruz control: Will Rice says people are going out less but the good news is when they do go out, they spend more money

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FEATURE: Providing better experiences in thriving pubs

By Gary Lloyd

As Heineken UK commits £3m in funding to help selected pubs cover the costs of their first energy-saving audit plus £5,000 towards the any improvements needed, we caught up with interim on-trade director Will Rice to talk about that and much more.

Refreshing: Aspall Cyder releases new berry flavoured cider

Aspall Cyder announces new flavour

By Rebecca Weller

Molson Coors Beverage Company has expanded its Aspall Cyder portfolio with the launch of new flavour, Aspall Blush Cyder (4% ABV).

Cider time: great weather can help drive cider sales at your venue (credit: Getty/monkeybusinessimages)

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FEATURE: Become the ‘go-to’ for a cider or two

By Phil Mellows

There’s a tendency for a lot of pubs to treat cider as just another kind of beer, tacked onto the end of a row of taps pouring LADs – long alcoholic beverages.

New products: this week's round-up features Hooch, Shepherd Neame, Never Say Die Whisky, Rich's Cider and Radlow Hundred vineyard

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Hooch unveils new flavour

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up features new products from Hooch, Shepherd Neame, Never Say Die Whisky, Rich's Cider and Radlow Hundred vineyard.

Boost to trade: cider sales and warm weather push drinks sales to 5% year-on-year growth (Credit: Getty/Kar-Tr)

Cider sales and warm weather boost trade

By Rebecca Weller

A surge in cider sales and warm weather pushed on-trade drinks transactions to show year-on-year growth for a fifth successive week.

Say cheese: many cheeses can be matched with a huge variety of cider and perry styles

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Matching cheeses with ciders

By Andy Swinscoe, co-owner of The Courtyard Dairy

Cider and cheese are traditional bedfellows.

New products: this week's round-up features Old Mout, Luscombe and Theakston

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Luscombe launches new Raspberry Crush variant

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up features new products from Luscombe, Old Mout, Camden Town Brewery, ICB, Theakston, DropWorks and Lancaster Spirits Company.

New products: this week's round up includes Bathtub Gin, Camden Town Brewery, Otter Brewery, Jam Shed, Black Sheep Brewery, Salcombe Distilling Co., Seven Brothers and Hive Mind Brewery

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Bathtub Gin releases new seasonal flavour

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up features new products from Bathtub Gin, Camden Town Brewery, Otter Brewery, Jam Shed, Black Sheep Brewery, Salcombe Distilling Co., Seven Brothers and Hive Mind Brewery.

Increased balance sheet strength: improved results have led to dividends for C&C shareholders (credit: Getty/DenisMArt)

C&C: challenging conditions to remain, net revenue up 18.4%

By Gary Lloyd

Drinks business C&C Group said it expects macroeconomic conditions to continue affecting trade adversely – particularly in Great Britain – but also announced an 18.4% boost to net revenue in its results for the 12 months ended 28 February (FY23).

New products: this week's round-up features Westons Cider, Camden Town Brewery, Theakston Brewery, Salcombe Brewery and Sheppy's Cider, Hepworth Brewery, Brockmans Gin and Whitebox Cocktails

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Westons launches new Rosie's Pig variant

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up features new products from Westons Cider, Camden Town Brewery, Brockmans Gin, Theakston Brewery, Salcombe Brewery, Whitebox Cocktails, Hepworth Brewery and Sheppy's Cider.

Regal offerings: new drinks products specifically launched to celebrate the crowing of King Charles III (credit: Getty/CHUNYIP WONG)

New products for King's coronation

Raise a royal glass – new products for the coronation

By Gary Lloyd

To celebrate the King’s coronation, which takes place on Saturday 6 May, plenty of drinks producers are launching products to tie in with the festivities – here are some that could help you boost trade.

Kopparberg gives advice on attracting younger customers and ranging

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The secrets to driving sales at your site

By Kopparberg

With the warmer weather just weeks away and beer gardens in the UK are beginning to get busy, category controller at Kopparberg, Anne Claypole, gives her thoughts on the fruit cider market this summer.

New products: this week's round-up features Camden Town brewery, Budvar, Magic Rock and Northern Monk

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Camden Town Brewery unveils latest seasonal beer

By Rebecca Weller

This week’s round-up features new products from Camden Town Brewery, Northern Monk, Morris Whisky, Bar Buoy, Magic Rock, Budvar and Maiden Mill.

Affordable pleasures: premium and craft ciders lead on-trade trends amid economic challenges (pictured: Westons Cider insights and innovation manager Tim Williams speaking at the cider report launch)

Premium and craft ciders lead on-trade trends

By Rebecca Weller

Premium and craft ciders offer operators a “great opportunity” for growth as the premiumisation trend becomes more “apparent”, new data has revealed.

Sweet as honey: Britain's top mead producers discuss the future of mead (Getty/ Qwart)

What does the future hold for mead?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Britain’s largest producers of mead got together to discuss the rise of the drink and its place in the market at the London Barrel Project in Bermondsey last week.

New products: this week's round-up features Bombay Sapphire, Kopparberg and Greene King

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Kopparberg announces limited-edition summer cider

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up features new products from Kopparberg, Schweppes, Peroni, Salcombe Distilling Co, Greene King, Three Drinkers and Bombay Sapphire.

New products: this week's round-up includes the launch of Staropramen 0.0 alongside a coronation cider from Sandford Orchards and a new spirits range from Seven Bro7hers

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Molson Coors releases alcohol-free Staropramen

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up includes new products from Molson Coors, Fourpure, Sandford Orchards, Whitebox, Seven Bro7hers, Bareksten and Lost Boys Brewery.