UKHospitality has warned that the new government measures, which will see businesses in tier three permitted to provide takeaway only and those in tier two restricted to substantial meals, will lead to permanent closures and job losses. UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The government is making a point of saying that these measures are …

Animal Spirits Gin01 - The Rabbit

London start-up Animal Spirits has launched Gin01 – The Rabbit, the inaugural expression in its craft spirit collection inspired by characters of the animal kingdom. Distilled with corn spirit and 10 botanicals, including cardamom, Kazbek hops, Sichuan green pepper and magnolia berries, Gin01 – The Rabbit is made with ethically sourced organic juniper from a …

El Tequileño tequila

Tequila brand El Tequileño is making its debut in the UK through a new partnership with independent spirits firm Ten Locks. Founded in 1959 by tequila pioneer Don Jorge Salles Cuervo, El Tequileño is made using blue agave from Los Altos de Jalisco and mineral-rich volcanic spring water from El Volcan de Tequila. Bartenders can …

Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition

Woodford Reserve has collaborated with fine crystal maker Baccarat to launch a new limited edition bourbon expression finished in cognac casks, bottled in Baccarat decanters.  Priced at £1,500 per bottle, the Baccarat Edition ages Woodford Reserve American whiskey in hand-selected XO cognac casks at the brand’s Kentucky distillery. The new launch is said to be …

Giving evidence to the House of Commons BEIS Committee on 17 November, UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls highlighted the need for further support for hospitality following the second national lockdown, along with urgent clarity on the tier system businesses will enter upon reopening. Even with the prospect of the end of national lockdown this December, …

The Drinks Community

UK trade charity The Drinks trust is offering skills, peer-to-peer networking and mentoring through a new platform called The Drinks Community. The new initiative is dedicated to creating connection and opportunity, providing a leading networking, upskilling, careers and vocational space for drinks people. The online platform aims to help members grow and develop in their …

Fix8 canned kombucha

Kombucha brand Fix8 is releasing its three flagship flavours – Triple Ginger, Strawberry Tulsi and Citrus Saffron – in new fully recyclable 330ml aluminium cans. Joining Fix8’s glass bottle range, the new format has been introduced with the aim to “tackle the barrier of consumption occasion and functionality”. Brewed in small batches at the Fix8 …

Healthy Hospo wellness app

Not-for-profit company Healthy Hospo has turned its platform into a digital web app, available 24/7, to give hospitality professionals the support they deserve and the resources they need for a happier, healthier life. Times are tough for the hospitality industry. Long shifts, short breaks, late nights, poor nutrition, stressful environments, and the newly added Covid-19 …

Conker Spirit Decaf Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur

UK distributor Love Drinks has added the much-anticipated Decaf Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur from Dorset’s Conker Spirit to its portfolio. Conker Spirit launched its Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur in 2016. Now, two years later, the brand has developed a decaffeinated alternative. The aim was to produce a product that stood tall next to its caffeinated …

Hawksbill Spiced Rum

Intercontinental Brands (ICB) has bolstered its portfolio with Hawksbill, a new Caribbean spiced rum on a mission to protect the endangered Hawksbill turtle. Uniting Caribbean rums sourced from Guyana and Trinidad, Hawksbill features a “unique combination” of spices, including vanilla, raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and sea salt. The rum brand has partnered with the Barbados …