Drinks

International Women's Day: we asked dozens of the hospitality sector's future leaders for their opinions on the state of the trade

International Women's Day 2021

Rising stars: the next generation of women leading in the pub sector

By The Morning Advertiser

To celebrate women across the on-trade and showcase the opportunities the next generation are grabbing with both hands, The Morning Advertiser has asked some of the most inspiring people in the sector to share their stories so far.

A to Z: With the help of Thatchers, The MA has spelled out what the cider category looks like as operators hope to sink their teeth into summer trading

In association with Thatchers

The A to Z of pub cider

By The Morning Advertiser

A strong cider offer should be the apple of any pub operator’s eye as the on-trade looks towards the resumption of trade in time for summer.

Rushed reopening: 'There has been a big push to get pubs opened as soon as possible again. I understand that, I just urge a little bit of caution,' Stuart Bateman says

Big interview

'False dawn' pub reopenings would be absolutely catastrophic

By Stuart Stone

Like everyone else in the on-trade, Stuart Bateman of Lincolnshire-based Batemans wants to see pubs open ‘as soon as possible’ – however the Salem Bridge brewer isn’t buying into the idea of a Government witch hunt.

Ultimate bombshell: ‘we are hoping that next time we open a great new pub, it doesn’t have to close down within six hours’

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

‘We spent more than £100k to trade for 6 hours’

By Chris Tulloch, MD Blind Tiger Inns

In the third instalment of our series looking back on the past 12 months, we hear from Blind Tiger Inns’ Chris Tulloch and his reflections on opening a pub on the day the UK entered its first nationwide lockdown.

Skin of their teeth: 'The burden of the tier restrictions falls almost exclusively on these businesses and pushes them closer towards failure,' UKH's Kate Nicholls explained

£2.6bn pub sales nosedive predicted during December

By Stuart Stone

New data from pay-at-table app OrderPay has revealed that potential sales of at least £2.6bn will be lost during December under the latest raft of Government-mandated trading restrictions and business closures.

How to increase the bottom line through cocktails and draught cocktail technology

Sponsored by Diageo

How to install draught cocktails

By The Morning Advertiser

The growth of draught cocktail technology means pubs with little time or bar space to make cocktails can now easily tap into this profitable category.

How much have wet-led pubs lost during coronavirus?

Sales 'wipe out' for wet-led pubs

By Nicholas Robinson

Wet-led pubs saw sales all but wiped out during November, data from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker shows.

Best selling alcohol brands 2020

The Drinks List

The Drinks List – Top Brands to Stock in 2021

By Nicholas Robinson

Despite being closed for four months, facing strict curfews, tier systems and enduring a second national lockdown, drinks sales in the on-trade were strong when the sector was open.

How much could staff training save pubs during second lockdown?

Sponsored by Heineken

How much could upskilling bar staff during lockdown boost pub profits?

By The Morning Advertiser

While skipping keg day and ignoring pour form can leave profits languishing in drip trays, a renewed focus on staff training while venues are closed can help publicans boost their bottom line at a time when it matters most.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 2

The Lock In Podcast

The Lock In Podcast: Bad wine experiences, blind tasting and tier 2

By Ed Bedington

In this week's episode of The MA's Lock In podcast, Ed Bedington, James Cuthbertson and Heath Ball talk bad experiences drinking wine, tier two and Ball is treated to a blind wine tasting, but will he guess them right? Tune in to the latest...

Lockdown champion: 'Our latest numbers show that rum is lockdown’s champion, as the experimentation Brits liked to enjoy in pubs and bars carried over to their homes,' the WSTA's Miles Beale said

Rum crowned ‘the drink of lockdown’

By Stuart Stone

New figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) have revealed rum enjoyed the biggest growth across all spirits categories during lockdown.

On-trade impact: 'the loss of nearly two thirds of daily sales in top-tier areas like Liverpool is catastrophic for local operators,' says CGA boss Phil Tate

Sales in 'high' Covid alert tier pubs halved

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pubs, bars and restaurants in the ‘high’ alert tier saw a sales drop of between 46% and 54% from Thursday 15 October to Saturday 17 October, new figures have found.

Growing trends: 'the big drink trends developing in 2019 centre around sustainable cocktails, craft fruit beers, no-and-low alcohol spirits and wine in cans,' according to Adrian Taylor, head of on-trade for Roust

Which drinks trends have caught on in 2019?

By Nikkie Thatcher

Whether your customers still love their beer or perhaps a spirit, while others may not indulge in alcohol at all, there have been plenty of trends to take advantage of this year.

Saturated market: the landscape of new drink products is competitive and brands must keep up according to Jonny Jones, director of client services at CGA

Drink Tank

Drink suppliers must 'innovate or die'

By Emily Hawkins

Drink producers must innovate with new drinks to ensure they are stocked in the on-trade as the market becomes saturated with fresh products, according to Jonny Jones, director of client services at CGA.

Fizzled out: parents are more likely to order water or low-sugar juice for their children over fizzy drinks, operators say

Parents shunning sodas for children at pub

By Emily Hawkins

Pub operators have responded to increased concern from parents over the sugary contents in their children’s drinks by adapting their menus.

Life is too short to not indulge yourself in great drinks

Less isn't always more

By Jessica Mason

Honesty and transparency in drinks creation is important, but so is the skill of a good blend. It is something that has been overlooked for some time. Why? Because, these days, we’re a bit suspicious of anything rogue. Is there horse meat in it? Nuts?...

Drinks are becoming more creative with flavour & serve

Spirits, beers & new drinks trends

By Jessica Mason

A closer look at the drinking styles that are grabbing consumers’ attention this year including a few opportunities for pub owners to consider.

Preparing for summer: Selecting your pubs' drinks offer

Preparing for summer: Selecting your pubs' drinks offer

By Sonya Hook

It’s hard to imagine sunshine after the gloom and cold of the past few months, but warmer weather is on its way. And while we don’t have the Olympics and international football tournaments to look forward to this summer, there’s still plenty that publicans...

RDR: exclusive research revealed

Pre-loading: shock figures revealed

By John Harrington

All young adults drink at home before a weekend night out — with the average man consuming nearly four drinks before leaving. That's a key finding of a him! survey of 503 18 to 24-year-olds, commissioned by the Morning Advertiser.