Spirits

How many spirits should my pub stock after coronavirus lockdown?

In association with Diageo

How to sell spirits post-lockdown

By Nicholas Robinson

What will customers want when the pub trade reopens is the million-pound question operators across the UK are likely to be asking as they prepare their sites for the first influx of socially distanced punters. And following a steady uptick in sales over...

Support: $100m to help pubs and bars globally

$100m on-trade global recovery fund launched by Diageo

By Nicholas Robinson

Spirits and beer giant Diageo has announced the launch of a global recovery fund for the on-trade which will see $100m (£79m) of financial support made available to the hospitality sector.

Help is at hand: Diageo has a host of phone lines and online streams to help its customers

In association with Diageo

Diageo shows strong commitment to sector

By The Morning Advertiser

Diageo has unveiled help for its customers through phone lines so they can access financial assistance, equipment care and also live online training.

Visitor hot spots: Pub operators Shepherd Neame, St Austell Brewery and Camerons Brewery were among those praised

Pubcos listed among top tourist attraction providers

By Stuart Stone

VisitEngland has recognised a number of pub operators among 2019’s top tourist attraction providers – joining Liverpool and Manchester United football clubs, Bletchley Park and Durham Castle on its annual list.

Previous experience: Gareth Bath counts BrewDog and Chapel Down as former workplaces

Ex-BrewDog and Chapel Down boss joins Distill

By Nikkie Thatcher

Ex-BrewDog and Chapel Down managing director Gareth Bath has been appointed as the boss of Distill Ventures – a business that gives entrepreneurial companies a foot up in the hospitality world.

Crunching the numbers: an in-depth look at the best performing brands and variants in every beverage category in the on-trade

Drinks list 2020

The Drinks List: Top Brands to Stock 2020

By Nicholas Robinson

Getting to grips with data in The Morning Advertiser’s Drinks List 2019 will give operators a head start in formulating successful drinks menus.

Rum’s the word: while the overall rum market only grew marginally, excitement surrounds the category for 2020

Rum set to be next big spirit in 2020

By Nikkie Thatcher

Sales of dark and golden rums are on the rise as in the 12 months to June 2019, dark rums were worth £127m and golden rums £383m, according to a new report.

All about the 'Gram: how to make your drink a social media star

In association with Diageo

How to make a drink Instagrammable

By Nicholas Robinson

The phrase ‘people are drinking less, but better’ is well-used, but gives the pub and bar trade something they can really use to their advantage.

Alcohol-free spirit: Stryyk launches Not Vodka

Alcohol-free vodka launched by Stryyk

By Nicholas Robinson

Alcohol-free spirit brand Stryyk has added a third variant to its portfolio, which now consists of Not Rum, Not Gin and new addition Not Vodka.

Tops: The biggest-selling brands in the UK on-trade

The Drinks List: Top Brands to Stock 2019

By Nicholas Robinson

With so much conflicting research in the market and varying opinions from analysts, The Morning Advertiser’s Drinks List 2019 reveals exactly what is going on with sales at the bar.

What is it? experts try to define craft

Can we define craft?

By Nicholas Robinson

The word 'craft' is bandied around so often it’s hard to know what is and what is not craft. Harder still is the fact few, the drinks industry in particular, work towards a standard when defining something as craft.

The only way is up: gin sales rocket further than ever

Brits chug back record amounts of gin

By Nicholas Robinson

Brits have sloshed back 60m bottles of gin in the past 12 months, worth £1.6bn, according to the latest figures from the Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).

Ups and downs: the pros and cons of a spirits-focused bar

Pros and cons of running a spirits-focused bar

By Nicholas Robinson

Spirits and cocktail sales are booming, driven by increasing consumer demand for better experiences, as well as a large proportion of new product development in the segment. But for those businesses focusing on spirits, what are the upsides and downsides...

Whisky is on the up

In association with Diageo

Unravel the complexities of whisky

By Nicholas Robinson

The complexity of whisky as a category means there is a product or style for every customer, a situation made clear in new sales data that shows pockets of significant growth, as well as areas of real sales potential.

Industry threat: any plans to raise duty could impact alcohol sales

Booze sales could be damaged with duty freeze cut

By Nicholas Robinson

Scrapping the alcohol duty freeze put in place last year by Government is “counter-productive”, and will increase pressure on cash-strapped consumers, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has warned (WSTA).

How much? Government raking in record amounts on alcohol duty

Government making a mint from your booze sales

By Nicholas Robinson

The Treasury is continuing to make a mint from UK booze sales, despite a freeze on alcohol duty in November, showing the sector can remain fruitful without another hike.

In the video above Draft House founder Charlie McVeigh outlines how to build a spirits offer from scratch

In association with Diageo

How to build the perfect spirits offer

By Nicholas Robinson

We have heard that spirits and cocktail sales are on the rise in pubs, but it is not a new message. Getting in on the act and making a success of the category, however, is not so simple.

Trending event: get into the spirit of the summit

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10 reasons to attend the Future Trends: Spirits event

By Nicholas Robinson

Operators will descend on London’s Royal Institution next month for the must-attend Future Trends: Spirits event where top trends, innovations and new products will be exclusively revealed. Here are the top 10 reasons why you must not miss it.

WSTA wine and spirits pub sales

Pub wine and spirit sales at a high

By Mike Berry

Wine and spirits sales are becoming increasingly important to the on-trade and now account for almost half of the value of all drinks sales in new openings, exclusive figures have revealed.

Q&A: WSTA chief executive Miles Beale

Q&A: WSTA chief executive Miles Beale

By Mike Berry

Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, answers questions on the importance of spirits to the on-trade, taxation and future challenges for the category, ahead of his keynote speech at the PMA's new Spirits Summit.

Darling: a complete ass to the pub trade

Darling drops spirits duty but bashes beer

By Ewan Turney

The Chancellor has done an amazing U-turn by dropping his duty rise on spirits to 4% but singled out pubs for more harsh punishment by keeping the...

Room for expansion

Room for expansion

As food grows in importance post-smoking-ban, spirits will have to work hard to stay relevant, says Nigel Huddleston With beer successfully managing...

No half measures

No half measures

By Nigel Huddleston

A growing number of pubs have been tempted into believing that, where spirits are concerned, there really is a substitute for the real thing. But as...

Spirited fightback

Spirited fightback

Innovation has brought spirits back from a dark period in the 1990s. Nigel Huddleston reports on a renaissance that is putting spirits well ahead of...

Raising Spirits

Raising Spirits

The Publican is embarking on a crusade to raise the profile and profits of spirits in UK pubs and bars. So get ready."Raising Spirits" is not...