London Cocktail Week 2020

The organisers of London Cocktail Week have announced that the 2020 festival will be taking place, running for the entire month of October, to support London’s on-trade. Four leading spirits portfolios – Brown-Forman, Diageo, Edrington-Beam Suntory & Moët Hennessy – have committed their support alongside 26 individual brands. Together, they have joined forces with the …

A new report from trade body UKHospitality and research consultancy CGA reveals the scale of Covid-19’s impact and what hospitality can do to reclaim sales. The special new edition in the Future Shock series of reports from CGA and UKHospitality outlines that rigorous safety measures, industry collaboration and government support can speed the sector along …

Mad City botanical white rum

Foxhole Spirits, which creates Hyke Gin, has unveiled Mad City, a botanical white rum featuring design from Bristol-based urban artist Sled-One. Mad City is said to add “more depth, flavour and complexity” to white rum, marrying 100% Fairtrade certified rum from Jamaica, Guyana, the Dominican Republic and Barbados with a recipe of 25 sustainably sourced …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced significant financial support for the hospitality sector, including VAT cuts and a scheme giving customers up to £10 off each on sit-down meals throughout the month of August. This comes as part of a £30bn plan to prevent mass unemployment in the UK as the economy is hit by coronavirus. …

Produced in Kent and Visit Kent have combined forces to “bolster the hospitality industry” with a new campaign dubbed ‘Support Your Local’. The initiative, which promotes a country-wide community appeal and marketing campaign, set to run from July to December 2020, aims to help local, independent businesses as they come out of lockdown. With pubs, …

Stella Artois street art

Stella Artois is harnessing the power of smart street art to help bars and pubs maintain social distancing for customers in a safe yet creative way. The Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I-owned beer brand is installing a 28×14 metre artwork at the heart of the Old Truman Brewery in London, using a combination of geometric shapes …

Leading trade associations representing the UK’s pub and hospitality sectors have today issued joint guidance to businesses on supporting Government’s track and trace customer registration scheme. The guidance, which can be accessed here, has been jointly produced by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and UKHospitality. It aims to …