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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.

Consumer demand growing for Cruzcampo Spanish lager

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Serve the taste of Seville with Cruzcampo

By Heineken UK

Spain’s number one lager, Cruzcampo, is set to make a splash in the nation’s pubs as Heineken UK responds to growing consumer demand for Spanish lager.

Is it possible to make cask beer stay fresh for longer?

The Cask Project

Extending the life of cask beer

By Gary Lloyd

One of the biggest challenges around delivering an epic cask offer remains shelf life, so the ability to extend the lifespan of what is a quintessentially British product could be just the silver bullet the category needs.

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.

In the club: Stonegate's Clubhouse 5 sports bar opened on Thursday 5 May

Record GBPA winner moves to Stonegate’s Clubhouse 5 site

By Gary Lloyd

Multi-award-winning pub operator Paul Eastwood – whose Famous Three Kings site has scooped Best Pub to Watch Sport at the Great British Pub Awards (GBPA) an incredible FIVE times – has taken over new site Clubhouse 5.

Venturing outdoors: the sunshine helped sales lift during Easter (credit: Getty/william87)

Sun shines on Easter weekend sales

By Gary Lloyd

Draught beer and cider sales throughout the Easter weekend surpassed figures from 2022 as the sun shone in the on-trade.

Hop to it: 2022 has been labelled the worst year for UK breweries going insolvent (credit: Getty/Mike Harrington)

Craft breweries going bust rises threefold

By Gary Lloyd

The number of craft breweries going bust jumped more than threefold in 2022 as rising production costs and reduced consumer spending took their toll.

Rally call: Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I has launched a video to accompany the #ItStopsWithMe campaign


BBG launches campaign to end harassment in on-trade

By The Morning Advertiser

Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I (BBG) has called for unity in the hospitality industry in taking a stand against harassment and discrimination with its ‘It Stops With Me’ campaign.

World lagers: Cobra and Madri Excepcional are helping to drive trade at pubs

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Variety is key to tapping into the premiumisation trend

By Stephen Groucott, on-trade category controller, Molson Coors Beverage Company

Much has been made of the growing premiumisation trend in beer but tapping into this isn’t as simple as stocking your bar with as many premium options as possible.

Plenty of irons in the fire: Jean-David Thumelaire of Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I


FEATURE: Customers are demanding super premium beers

By Gary Lloyd

Pubs are seeing a significant switch of customers turning to high-end drinks and increasing spend per serve, according to Budweiser Brewing Group (BBG UK&I) on-trade director Jean-David Thumelaire.

Three Menabrea variants to try at the Publican Awards

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Menabrea – perfecting the craft of beer

By Menabrea

It's said that the first Italian beer was created in pre-Roman times. Well, whoever first got the barrel rolling; it was the Menabrea family who endeavoured to perfect the craft.

Rising costs: CMBC is increasing its prices by at least 11% (image: Getty/simonkr)

CMBC hikes draught beer prices by 11%

By Nikkie Thatcher

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) is set to increase wholesale selling prices across its portfolio by a minimum of 11% for draught products and from about 6% for packaged products, which the company put down to rising cost pressures.

SIBA initiative: the tracker will show how many breweries are active across the 10 areas of the UK

Tracker launched to keep tabs on brewery numbers

By Gary Lloyd

The number of breweries in the UK will no longer be a mystery after the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) launched a tracker that shows how many active brewers there are.

Drinks list: non-alcoholic beer was the second most popular no-ABV drink, according to the research (image:Getty/Instants)

1 in 5 opting for alc-free beer

By Nikkie Thatcher

Some 21% of UK adults would drink booze-free beer as an alcohol alternative at a social occasion where others were drinking alcohol, new research has found.

Cheer for pubs: although England went out of the World Cup, pubs benefited (credit: Getty/skynesher)

Pubs sell 28.5m pints as England exit World Cup

By Gary Lloyd

England may have exited the football World Cup but pubs enjoyed a huge farewell as 28.5m pints were sold across the UK on Saturday 10 December, which equated to an extra 166 pints compared to a typical Friday and Saturday.

Drinks List 2023: top four best-selling lager in the on-trade remain unchanged (Credit: Getty/Juanmonino)

Carling remains most sold lager

By Rebecca Weller

The top four selling lagers have remained unchanged over the past 12 months, according to the Drinks List 2023.

What are the best selling drinks brands of 2022

Drinks List 2023

The Drinks List – top brands to stock in 2023

By The Morning Advertiser

This year’s Drinks List has seen great strides forward in terms of volume and value sales versus last year because the on-trade has been operating on a much better basis than during the heavily restrictive phases of the pandemic.

Reasons to be cheerful: publicans explain how Heineken Silver has helped boost their sales

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Publicans profit from growing light lager opportunity

By Heineken

Since launch in April, Heineken Silver has sold an average of 54 litres per week, per outlet[1], cementing itself as ‘one to watch’ in the lighter lager category, with more than 3,400 outlets already serving it on draught[2].

Sharp's, Shepherd Neame and Black Sheep win at International Beer Challenge 2022

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Cask ale producers scoop host of awards

By Gary Lloyd

Cask ale producers Sharp’s, Shepherd Neame, Black Sheep Brewery and Purity are celebrating after winning an array of medals at the International Beer Challenge 2022.

No respite in sight: food and drink inflation has risen by more than 10% for eight months in a row (credit: Getty/Muhammad Farhad)

Food and drink inflation rises to record-high 18.8%

By Gary Lloyd

Inflation in food and drink prices hit a record high of 18.8% in September 2022 – the eighth consecutive month of double-digit rises – according to the latest CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index.

Executive comment: CMBC boss Paul Davies says he is grateful to his colleague and their Damm counterparts for their 'collaboration throughout the process of making the agreement a reality'

CMBC sells Eagle Brewery

By Nikkie Thatcher

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) is planning to sell the Eagle Brewery, Bedford to Spanish brewer SA Damm (Damm) for an undisclosed sum.

Why beer styles only work with a certain dispense method

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If you love cask ale, is it OK to flirt with keg?

By Pete Brown

Since CAMRA’s foundation, some real ale devotees have insisted it’s the only style of beer worth taking seriously. But times have changed, and so has beer.

Boon for beer: SIBA says the SBR policy has helped grow the number of UK breweries

SIBA praises 20-year-old policy that led to brewing boom

By Gary Lloyd

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has launched a report to mark the 20-year anniversary of the Small Breweries’ Relief policy that has had a huge impact on UK brewing, including a boom in small breweries and increase in different beer styles being...

Beer Piper tips and online tool to work out beer waste

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Beer Piper launches beer-saving calculator

By Gary Lloyd

Beer line cleaning business Beer Piper has launched an online calculator to help publicans save money and offered six tips to help keep money in licensees’ pockets.

Something to pour over: operators have to consider what to serve in more detail post-pandemic (credit: Getty/JGalione)

Beer report 2022

FEATURE: Beer volumes down but there are winners

By Phil Mellows

A new normal for the on-trade beer market is taking shape. Disrupted by pandemic lockdowns and now an inflationary crisis that’s constraining consumer spending power and squeezing profit margins, pub operators are having to review what they sell and how...

Shutdown site: Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth, Cumbria has closed after operating below capacity for a number of years, according to CMBC (image: Getty/ilbusca)

CMBC closing Jennings Brewery ‘devastating blow’

By Nikkie Thatcher

The decision to close Cumbrian operation Jennings Brewery by Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) has been labelled a “devastating blow for the area’s brewing heritage”.

Brewery relief: the scheme was first introduced 20 years ago (image: Getty/Lingbeek)

MPs to debate small breweries’ future

By Nikkie Thatcher

The future of small breweries is being debated today (Tuesday 6 September) as the Small Breweries’ Relief (SBR) marks 20 years since it was announced and the sector is battling the energy crisis.

Company mitigation: Heineken says it is in continuing to look at ways to drive greater efficiency (image: Getty/Level1studio)

Heineken to push prices up by 6%

By Nikkie Thatcher

Global brewer Heineken will be increasing the prices of its draught beer and cider brands by 6% from next month (Monday 5 September).