Spirits

Has gin fallen out of favour with consumers?

Has the gin bubble burst?

By Ed Bedington

After what has seemed like a never-ending boom, it looks like the rapacious consumer demand for gin appears to be tailing off.

Prospect Pubs expands estate

Prospect Pubs expand with fifth site

By Ed Bedington

Prospect Pubs has announced the launch of its fifth site with the opening of the Joiners Arms near Banbury with a sixth on the way.

Hot trends: shandies are among Pritesh Mody's predictions for drinks you should look to serve in spring and summer

Are people drinking differently when out and about now?

By Pritesh Mody, World of Zing Cocktails

Perhaps more recognisable as the cocktails mixologist on Channel 4 TV show Sunday Brunch, World of Zing Cocktails founder Pritesh Mody gives his thoughts on how cocktails are faring in the on-trade and offers his advice on what to expect and what you...

Try this serve at your site: cocktail favourite the Shamrock Highball

In association with Britvic

Serve of the month – the Shamrock Highball

By Gary Lloyd

This cocktail from Britvic is simple yet elegant. It uses orchard fruits and the addition of honey adds sweetness to a boisterous Irish whiskey. Serve it in your venue.

The bar is open: beers and an Indian spirit make up the new product launches

New products round-up

Trio of beers from Wild Card, Allsopp’s launches two classics

By Gary Lloyd

In the latest new product launches we have a trio of beers from Wild Card Brewery, two new beers from an almost forgotten historic brewer in Allsopp’s, Scottish brewer Cold Town Beer backs it national rugby team with a limited-edition ale, Indian spirit...

In the week to Saturday 5 February drinks sales were 3% below the same period in 2020: however sales of spirits were up 16% (Credit: Getty/Maren Caruso)

Vote now: Have you seen an increase in spirits sales?

By Rebecca Weller

In the week to Saturday 5 February, average drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants were 3% below the same period in 2020, however, sales of spirits have continued to soar, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.

Pubs lost £5.7bn in beer sales during 2021: equivalent to 1.4bn pints (Credit: Getty/Extreme Media)

Beer sales plummeted by 1.4bn pints in 2021

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs lost £5.7bn of revenue from beer sales in 2021, equivalent to 1.4bn pints, new data from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has revealed.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 36

The Lock In Podcast

The low and no revolution

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team take a trip to an innovative alcohol-free off licence and realise the trade needs to stop saying no to low and no. We hear from special guests including Laura Willoughby of Club Soda, James Kindred of award winning brewers Big Drop Brewing...

Charge your glasses: some tasty treats are set to be available for pubs and bars this week

New products round-up

3 in 1 font from Thatchers, Krombacher Pils cans hit on-trade

By Gary Lloyd

Claimed to be a first for the cider industry, Thatchers has launched its 3 in 1 font for serving fruit ciders. Also in the world of new products, Krombacher has rolled out its Pils cans to the on-trade, Black Sheep releases details on its seasonal cask...

New launches: a number of drinks products have recently been unveiled

The first drinks launches of 2022

By The Morning Advertiser

The first few days of 2022 have seen a variety of new drinks launched including beer, wine and spirits.

See in the new year: beers, spirits and an apertivo are the final new product launches of the year

The last new product launches of 2021

By Gary Lloyd

The final new products round-up of the year includes a new brewery named after Roger Daltrey’s fishing lakes releases six beers, rums from the amazing terroir of Grenada brought to the UK, whisky start-up Woven launches limited-edition collaboration spirit...

Christmas cheer: new beverages on the market

New products round-up

Festive drinks released in time for Christmas

By Gary Lloyd

Burleighs has employed a rare production process to make its limited-edition Christmas Gin, Tuscan Tree targets a sequel Aperitivo, Vida Wines & Spirits shows off a few of its wines, Netherlands-based Ful launches its Spirulina Fizz trio and Liquid...

Increase your options: a multitude of non-alcoholic serves awaits

Turn January into a great month at your pub

By Gary Lloyd

The traditional image of empty pubs in January isn’t something an operator has to endure while customers ‘punish’ themselves for over indulgence in the previous month. The month of January has become an opportunity in waiting for a canny licensee to profit.

Next big thing? Volume and value sales were largely positive for the tequila sector (credit: Getty/knape)

The Drinks List

Jose Cuervo leads up-and-coming Tequila category

By Gary Lloyd

A new category to the drinks list this year, Tequila sales to the on-trade have been extremely positive in general, and as such should certainly be viewed by operators as something very useful to have stocked on their back bar.

Something for the weekend? The latest new products and news

New products round-up

Hofmeister crowdfunding, Bone Daddies and Deya collab beer

By Gary Lloyd

Among the new products on offer this week are a collaboration brew from Bone Daddies and Deya, Beavertown's new hard seltzer range and a liqueur range from Witch Kings Rum. There is also news on a crowdfunding campaign from Hofmeister.

Just the tonic: Fever-Tree’s two variants were followed by two from Schweppes (credit: Getty/asbe)

The Drinks List

Tonics division title taken by Fever-Tree

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

There was little movement in the tonic water list and Fever-Tree continued to dominate the market with mixers claiming first and second place.

Way ahead: Captain Morgan Spiced is the leader in the rum category (credit: Getty/andresr)

The Drinks List

Captain Morgan Spiced named UK’s most popular rum

By Nikkie Thatcher

The top two best-selling rums in the UK on-trade have remained the same since last year with Captain Morgan Spiced and Bacardi Carta Blanca coming in at first and second respectively.

In good spirits: vodka and gin variants took the top two spots (credit: Getty/Sarah Mason)

The Drinks List

Smirnoff Red remains top of the spirits category class

By Rebecca Weller

Despite a drop in volume of sales by 16% (15% in value), Smirnoff Red has remained the top selling spirit on The Drinks List, followed by Gordon’s Pink Gin and Jägermeister.

What are the best selling alcohol brands of 2021?

The Drinks List

The Drinks List – top brands to stock in 2022

By The Morning Advertiser

This year’s Drinks List has been impacted by the fact the on-trade sector was either in lockdown or operating under restrictions from October 2020 to July 2021, which was a longer period than when the results was previously compiled.

Losing favour: Beer consumption decreased by 4 percentage points over the 2020 lockdowns (Credit: Getty/ STasker)

Brits abandon beer during lockdown

By Rebecca Weller

A decline in beer consumption over the 2020 lockdowns demonstrated the damage done to brewers, who lost a key route to market when pubs were forced to close during the Covid crisis.

Lucrative profits to be made: yield analysis could save your pub up to £10,000

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Are your products generating high profit levels to the till?

By Venners, expert food and beverage stocktakers and compliance auditors

A recent report looking at the often undervalued and neglected topic of product yield within the pub sector has been launched by Venners, the expert food and beverage stocktakers and compliance auditors to the hospitality industry.

Take advantage: Christmas makes up a large percentage of many sites' bottom line

How to make this Christmas a belter

By Gary Lloyd

The festive period is often the time when pub operators make most of their annual sales and this year, more than ever, needs to be a good one after the disasters suffered not just last Christmas (stop singing that Wham! song) but throughout the past 20...

Captain's orders: customers will be looking for serves they can't recreate at home

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Why rum-based spirits are must-stocks this festive season

By Samantha Newby, Category Director, Captain Morgan

Many consumers will have missed spending time with friends and family within the on-trade over the past year and we can expect people to flock back to pubs and bars this festive season to enjoy celebrating with loved ones.

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.