The strain of increased competition in the eating out sector has forced many high street pubs to slash the prices of their dishes, while the amount of side dishes sold increased significantly, according to the latest Horizons’ Menu Trends report.
Brewers have defended their position in regards to wholesale price increases and claimed they strive to “keep costs competitive”, after licensees slammed the move that will see rises of up to 5p per pint in some instances.
Licensees are now spending more than 5% of annual turnover dealing with red tape, according to the latest Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers’ Benchmarking Survey, exclusively revealed in today's PMA.
The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has revealed plans for major changes in 2014 including a brand relaunch, new benefits to members and a new constitution giving a “leaner and more responsive decision-making process”.
Last year’s good summer helped boost pub sales, but increases to business running costs continue to hold back profit growth, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser’s annual Pub Market Report survey has found.