El Bandarra Al fresco

Barcelonan vermouth El Bandarra, distributed by Mangrove UK, has unveiled a new expression – El Bandarra Al Fresco. Developed by twins Alex and Albert Virgili, El Bandarra Al Fresco (15% ABV) combines high-quality garnacha wines with natural Mediterranean botanicals. Cherry red in colour, it offers notes of liquorice, fresh herbs and mint, with a bitter …

Budweiser Brewing Group reopening support package

Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I’s Save Pub Life platform has expanded to provide a package of reopening support for pubs, bars and restaurants. The resources available to the on-trade include: On-demand ordering: Budweiser Brewing Group is launching a mobile order solution in partnership with Slerp, which will enable mobile pay-at-table, click & collect and home delivery …

Diageo plastic free Johnnie Walker bottle

Drinks giant Diageo has developed a plastic free paper-based spirits bottle, made entirely from sustainably sourced wood, which will be used to package a limited edition run of Johnnie Walker whisky. To make the bottles, Diageo has partnered with venture management company Pilot Lite to launch a new sustainable packaging technology company called Pulpex Limited, …

KVÎST

KVÎST, a new premium non-alcoholic distilled spirit, has launched in the UK with distribution agency Craftwork. Created by The Bloomsbury Club UK, KVÎST, which takes its name from the old Norsk word meaning ‘twig’ or ‘botany’, is inspired by Nordic traditions and foraged forest plants. The liquid itself is a handcrafted blend of eight botanicals: …

Sanpellegrino Classic Italian Taste

Soft drink brand Sanpellegrino has updated its Classic Italian Taste range, unveiling a new premium look and summer marketing campaign. The new design is said to celebrate the brand’s authentic Italian heritage and indulgent flavours. The can format has been designed using a traditional Majolica decoration (a popular Italian pottery style), representing the sun-kissed citrus …

ReOpen app from Lanchester Wines

Wine and spirits supplier Lanchester Wines has developed an online order and pay tool to help on-trade venues reopen safely while following social distancing guidelines. Built in response to Covid-19, Lanchester Wines’ newly created ReOpenApp.com enables customers to enjoy a meal or drink without close interaction with staff or other guests, and without handling menus, …

Dan Dove

Former Diageo World Class manager Dan Dove has launched a talent agency dedicated to bartenders, considered to be the first of its kind in the industry. The Global Bartending Talent Agency has been developed to connect drinks professionals with luxury brands, consumers and each other. Those who are part of the agency will offer services …

Managed pub, bar and restaurant companies that opened sites in England last weekend have reported like-for-like trading 44.5% down on the corresponding weekend last year, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker data. Tracker figures reveal that 36% of group-operated sites were open for eating and drinking inside on July 4 and 5, the …

Diageo 'Raising the Bar'

The fund from Diageo’s US$100 million ‘Raising the Bar’ recovery programme, created to support the global on-trade as it reopens following lockdown, goes live in the UK from today (9 July). As part of the programme, Diageo has unveiled a range of UK partnerships. From 9 July, the following will be live for eligible outlets …

Tennent's 'Dedicated to You campaign'

Beer brand Tennent’s is supporting Scotland’s on-trade as it prepares to reopen by supplying complimentary kegs to around 2,000 licensed premises. The initiative, which launched on Wednesday 8 July, will see thousands of bars, restaurants, sports venues, social clubs and other on-trade outlets across Scotland receive a free keg of Tennent’s Lager or Tennent’s Light …