Drinks

Long way to go: on-premise drinks sales 2% ahead of 2021 over Halloween but inflation holds growth down (Credit: Getty/shironosov)

Drinks sales 2% up vs 2021 over Halloween

By Rebecca Weller

Average drinks sales by value in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 29 October were 2% up compared to the same week in 2021, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Tumultuous time: average drinks sales ahead of last year but rising inflation leaves them down in real terms (Credit: Getty/Klaus Vedfelt)

Inflation holds sales down in real terms

By Rebecca Weller

Drink sales in Britain’s on-trade have exceeded last year’s levels for the fourth week in a row but remained down in real terms due to rising inflation, the latest Drinks Recovery Tracker from CGA by NielsenIQ has revealed.

Drinks Recovery Tracker: additional bank holiday for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral lifted trade as consumers chose to mourn together in communal environments  (Credit: Getty/bogdankosanovic)

Trade boosted by extra bank holiday

By Rebecca Weller

Average drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 24 September were 1% ahead compared with the same week last year, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Inflation-beating end to August: latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker shows sales were 10% up vs 2021 levels in seven days to Saturday 3 September (Credit: Getty/The Good Brigade)

Drinks sales in August 'inflation beating'

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 3 September were 10% ahead compared with the same week last year, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ’s latest Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Fluctuating sales: latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker shows sales were 0.5% ahead vs one year ago in seven days to 27 August (Credit: Getty/monkeybusinessimages)

Drinks sales 0.5% ahead of a year ago

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 27 August were 0.5% ahead compared with the same week one year ago, the latest CGA by Nielsen IQ’s Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Little respite: drinks sales in the on-trade return to below pre-pandemic levels (Credit: Getty/Peter Cade)

Drinks sales 1% down vs 2019

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants were 1% down in the seven days to Saturday 20 August compared with the same week in 2019, the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Drinks Recovery Tracker: sales in the on premise were 9% ahead of 2019 levels in the seven days to Saturday 13 August (Credit: Getty/ViewApart)

Drinks sales 9% ahead of 2019

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 13 August were 9% ahead of the same week in 2019, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ’s Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Welcome relief: CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker shows average sales were 4% ahead of 2019 in seven days to Saturday 6 August (Credit: Getty/Alina Rosanova)

Drinks sales 4% ahead of 2019

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by value in Britain’s managed pubs, restaurants, and bars in the seven days to Saturday 6 August were 4% ahead of the same week in 2019, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ’s Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker: latest data revealed drinks sales in seven days to 30 July were 0.6% ahead vs the same week in 2019 (Credit: Getty/skynesher)

Women's Euro's boosts drink sales

By Rebecca Weller

Average drinks sales by value in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 30 July were 0.6% ahead of the same week in 2019, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Fluctuating sales: average sales in the on trade 0.4% up vs 2019 in week to Saturday 16 July after drops between 1% and 7% in last three weeks (Credit: Getty/Alina Rosanova)

Drinks sales 0.4% ahead vs 2019

By Rebecca Weller

Average drinks sales by value in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 16 July were 0.4% ahead compared with the same week in 2019, the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Shaw & Co second annual food and drink report: bars and restaurants continue to struggle post-pandemic (Credit: Getty/Zorica Nastasic)

Mergers and acquisitions could save SMEs

By Rebecca Weller

Turnover in bars and restaurants has continued to struggle in the aftermath of the pandemic, particularly big businesses, while other sub-sectors within the food and drink industry have remained flat, research from the second annual Shaw & Co Food...

CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker: average sales down 1% vs 2019 in the seven days to Saturday 9 July (Credit: Getty/william87)

Drinks sales down 1% vs 2019

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 9 July were 1% down on the same week in 2019, the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker has shown.

CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker: sales 3% down compared with 2019 in week to 2 July (Credit: Getty/AleksandarNakic)

Drink sales down 3% vs 2019

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by value in Britain’s managed venues in the seven days to Saturday (2 July) were 3% down on the same week in 2019, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.

Drinks sales down 7% in week to 25 June: rail strikes impact trade (Credit:Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Drinks sales down 7% vs 2019 during week of rail strikes

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by value for managed venues in the seven days to Saturday 25 June were 7% down on the same week in 2019 as the biggest rail dispute for more than 30 years impacted city-centre and after-work occasions, according to the latest CGA by NielsenIQ...

Third best result this year: drinks sales up 3% in week to Saturday 7 May (Credit: Getty/monkeybusinessimages)

Drinks sales up 3% in week to 7 May

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by value in managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 7 May were 3% up on the same week in 2019 in the third best result so far this year, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.

A week of ups and downs: average drinks sales hovered just below pre-pandemic sales in the week to 2 April (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Drinks sales down 2% in the week to 2 April

By Rebecca Weller

Average drinks sales by value in Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants were 2% down in the seven days to Saturday 2 April when compared with the same week in 2019, the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker has shown.

How pubs can improve their wine offer

Opinion

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.

Buy one, get one free: Stonegate Pubs are offering customers free drinks to support the Marmalade Trust charity this March

Stonegate offering free drinks this March

By Rebecca Weller

Stonegate Pub Partners is offering customers a buy one, get one free deal on selected drinks across its estate to support charity until the end of March 2022.

CGA and Slerp Hospitality at Home Tracker: delivery and takeaway sales up 138% up in January 2022: (Credit: Getty/ 10'000 Hours)

Delivery and takeaway sales increase by 422%

By Rebecca Weller

Britain’s managed restaurant and pub groups saw delivery sales reach five times pre-pandemic levels in January, the CGA & Slerp Hospitality at Home Tracker has revealed.

Drinks sales down 11% in the week to Saturday 22 January:  figures are an improvement on the first two weeks of the year (Credit: Getty/skynesher)

Drinks sales down 11% in the week to Saturday 22 January

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants were down 11% in the week to Saturday 22 January when compared with the same week in 2019, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.

Childish illustration: complaint against Mikkeller’s Side Eyes pale ale upheld

Mikkeller’s forced to redesign one of its beers

By Rebecca Weller

A complaint made by the Metropolitan Police against artwork for a pale ale, which was upheld by the alcohol industry’s Independent Complaints Panel, has resulted in a redesign for one beer.

Fok Hing Gin: alluding to profanity?

Gin company forced to change its labels

By Rebecca Weller

The alcohol industry’s independent Complaints Panel has made a precedent changing decision to force Fok Hing Gin to change their labels.

Cider crisis? ‘Drinks are fashion and the hospitality industry needs propositions that hit the trends as a method of creating value,’ Cider is Wine’s Alistair Morrell says (Image:Getty Images/DenisMArt)

Cider still a ‘relatively underdeveloped’ category

By The Morning Advertiser

Fruit cider flooding the UK on-trade just after the turn of the century saw sweet serves drench both bar tops and fridges – where they remain ubiquitous. The Morning Advertiser (MA) asks ‘have we hit peak cider?’

Social wellbeing: ‘We as an industry, and our bars and restaurants and pubs, play such an important role in society,’ Bacardi’s Leila Stansfield says

Big Interview

‘Brands are built in bars, not in boardrooms’

By Stuart Stone

After making a long-awaited return to reopened pubs and bars throughout April, Bacardi’s on-trade director Leila Stansfield’s glass is most certainly half full for the weeks and months of on-trade recovery ahead.

How important are cocktails to pubs?

Spirits Week – in association with Diageo

Cocktails 'vital part' of on-trade sales mix

By The Morning Advertiser

On day two of Spirits Week, brought to you by Diageo, CGA’s Tom Quinn serves up some key stats about the spirit and cocktail categories and runs through the recipe for spirits success.

How can pubs sell more cocktails?

Spirits Week - In association with Diageo

Cocktail-led outings 'much, much more of a reward'

By The Morning Advertiser

To introduce Spirits Week, brought to you by Diageo, drinks expert Douglas Blyde distils some of the key trends and new consumer behaviours shaking up the spirit and cocktail categories.

Outraged reaction: the pub and brewing trade has said 'now is not the time' for talk of further regulations for venues (image: Getty/ DGLimages)

'Not the time' for mandatory calorie labels on pints

By Emily Hawkins

Reports of proposals to force large pub chains to display calorie labels on pints of beer have been dubbed “outrageous” and described as “costly and complicated” by the trade.

Beer waste too bitter a pill: ‘As I engage with my own customers, I’ve learned that many have decided to leave their real ale taps off for the foreseeable future’

Opinion

We need to talk about cask…

By Sarah John, director, Boss Brewing

Like so many of us in this industry, I share in the hope that is being pinned on Monday 12 April – for England at least, if not for my home country of Wales.

Industry celebration: the 2021 Publican Awards were held virtually on Tuesday 30 March

Publican Awards 2021

Best Drinks Offer - Darwin and Wallace

By The Morning Advertiser

The industry raised a glass to London-based neighbourhood bar operator Darwin & Wallace at the 2021 Publican Awards.

The Morning Advertiser has profiled the operators shortlisted for the Best Drinks Offer prize, sponsored by Coca-Cola European Partners, at this year’s Publican Awards.

Publican Awards 2021

Meet the finalists: Best Drinks Offer

By The Morning Advertiser

The Morning Advertiser has profiled the operators shortlisted for the Best Drinks Offer prize, sponsored by Coca-Cola European Partners, at this year’s Publican Awards.