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

Jose Cuervo leads up-and-coming Tequila category

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.

Competition criteria: entrants were judged on the quality, service, cleanliness, value for money, presentation and taste

Two pubs crowned Britain’s best roast dinners

The Eight Bells in Hawkhurst, Kent and the Perch on Lancing Beach near Brighton beat tough competition to win the ‘Best Meat Roast Dinner’ and ‘Best Vegetarian Roast Dinner’ in Knorr Professional’s Great British Roast Dinner Competition.

What is the latest government position on pubs?

Death by a thousand cuts?

And so we find ourselves, once again, standing at a potential cliff edge, waiting for the casual and careless shove of our political leaders to send us into the abyss.

Rise in cancellations: The number of cancelled bookings rose by 2% on 29 November (Credit: Getty/yevtony)

Vote now: have you seen Christmas cancellations?

Poor communication about coronavirus variants from the Government has caused widespread uncertainty in the hospitality sector and has impacted cancellations, according to the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA).

Major movers: the inclusion of draught cocktails has shaken up the RTD league

Crabbies tops RTD division, draught cocktails make big moves

The ready-to-drink (RTD) category has seen some big losses as the restrictions on hospitality hit hard during the past year but, with CGA re-categorising draught cocktails as RTD, there are three new entrants to the top 10 that have been going great guns.

The Lock In Podcast season two episode two

Still can't get the staff... the ongoing recruitment challenge

The Lock In team tackle the challenges around the ongoing recruitment and staffing crisis, with special guests Osh Rogers of the Guinea Grill, Dan Razavi of Leisure Jobs and Mark McCulloch of Hospitality Rising all providing some expert insight into how...

Something for the weekend? The latest new products and news

Hofmeister crowdfunding, Bone Daddies and Deya collab beer

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.

Welcome change: The Small Brewers Relief has been reformed (Getty/ Sigrid Gombert)

Brewers welcome Small Brewer Relief changes


Brewers and trade bodies have today welcomed the Government’s proposals to improve the current structure of Small Brewer Relief (SBR) to align more closely with economies of scale and remove barriers to growth.

Plenty to choose from: the cask ale category is always hard fought (credit: Getty/ Rouzes)

Doom Bar leads cask ale sales in on-trade

There has been much discussion on how cask ale’s fortunes are potentially at a tipping point during the past few years and the closure of pubs has certainly been no help in that scenario.

What are the best selling alcohol brands of 2021?

The Drinks List – top brands to stock in 2022

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.

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