Industry news round-up: July 29, 2013

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Luminar to rebrand all Oceana clubs
The Luminar Group has revealed a new brand identity for its 10 Oceana nightclubs. From September, they will start to be rebranded as Pryzm. The first Oceana to change will be Bristol’s, which is re-opening at the beginning of September after a £1million investment. The remaining clubs will rebrand as they undergo major refurbishments. Luminar has returned to profit after the business was acquired 18 months ago by a new management team led by chief executive Peter Marks. For the 52 weeks to February 23, it reported pre-tax profits of £1.3million. Click here to read more at

Crabbie’s extends brand with alcoholic lemonade
The company behind the successful Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beers is extending the brand with the launch of Cloudy Alcoholic Lemonade. Drinks manufacturer Halewood International is this month releasing Crabbie’s Cloudy Alcoholic Lemonade, crafted using natural lemons, in a 330ml bottle at four per cent ABV. It is currently exclusive to the on-trade, recommended for drinking ice cold from the bottle. Click here to read more at

Cardiff bar operator in administration
Buyers are being sought for some of Cardiff’s best-known bars and venues after management company Beatbox Bars went into administration citing financial difficulties. Administrators from insolvency practitioners SFP continue to trade 10 Feet Tall (pictured) and Buffalo while marketing them for potential purchasers. SFP had to close one of the venues, Fire island, but is in talks with a number of interested parties to re-open it under new management soon. Click here to read more at

Justin Timberlake’s tequila comes to UK
901 Tequila, co-founded by pop star Justin Timberlake, is coming to the UK after a distribution agreement was agreed with leading drinks company Hi-Spirits. The triple-distilled 40 per cent ABV silver tequila is produced in small batches by Destileria Santa Lucia from a 60-year-old recipe. Expansion of Hi-Spirits’ portfolio has led it to create the new role of commercial director, appointing John Vider, previously at wine and spirits specialist Bibendum. Click here to read more at

Expansion plan for London bar operator
Bar operator CG Restaurants & Bars has embarked on a multimillion-pound expansion strategy in London. It plans to acquire 12 new units in the capital over the next three years. The first new site will be a third site for its Dirty Martini cocktail bar concept in Bishopsgate Exchange in the City. Its other bar concepts include Bitter Sweet.Click here to read more at

Spirits and liqueurs win IWSC trophies
The winners of this year’s International Wine & Spirits Competition have been announced. Trophy winners include Adnams Copper House distillery with Copper House Distilled Gin, Asbach for its Private Brand 8 Jahre Gerdeift brandy, Buffalo Trace Distillery for Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 Year Old, Beam’s Pinnacle Vodka and Demerara Distillers for its eight-year-old El Dorado Rum. William Grant & Sons won three of the Scotch trophies.Click here to read more at

Cocktails to toast the royal tot
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new baby inspired bartenders and mixologists to offer ideas for toasting the royal tot. The team at Shaker BarSchool created the Baby Bene, combining whipping cream and British raspberries with Bénédictine, while from Drambuie comes the Baby Treat, ideally served in a baby’s bottle.Click here to read more at

Mia wine range extended by Freixenet
Freixenet has launched two sparkling variants in its Mia collection of modern Spanish wines, Mia Light & Crisp, Cuvee and Mia Fruity & Sweet, Moscato. They are designed to appeal to younger adult drinkers who are turning to fruity, sweeter-style drinks.

BBPA reports further fall in beer sales
Beer sales in the UK fell by 4.8 per cent in the second quarter of 2013, according to the British Beer & Pub Association’s quarterly Beer Barometer. The decline was greater in the on-trade where sales fell by 5.8 per cent. However, the figures are compared to the period that included Euro 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and double bank holiday. The association said it showed the continuing need for supportive tax policy from the Government.

Mintel charts decline in out-of-home drinking
Britons are drinking out of the home less often, according to a new report from research specialist Mintel. It found that 39 per cent of people who go out every month are now doing so less often. However, Mintel expects the out-of-home alcoholic drinks market to increase by 0.3 per cent in 2013 to reach £24billion, climbing to £27billion by 2018. Actual volume sales are predicted to continue falling, reaching 2.3 billion litres by 2018.

Carlsberg launches wine range for on-trade
Crown Cellars, the specialist wine and spirits division of Carlsberg UK, has launched O&E, a range of five contemporary wines from around the world. Exclusive to Crown Cellars and only available in the on-trade, the O&E range comprises a Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, a Sauvignon Blanc from France, a Zinfandel Rosé from California, a Pinot Grigio from Italy and a French Merlot Vin de Pays d’Oc. O&E stands for “Open & Enjoy”.

Flavoured cider added to Kingstone Press
Aston Manor Cider has launched a Wild Berry variant of its Kingstone Press cider after the success of a redesign of the brand earlier this year. It is made with apple cider and a blend of berry flavours.

Top bar supports Louis XIII launch
The Bar at The Dorchester has created the Louis XIII Dorchester Experience to tie in with the launch of the Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6 cognac. A “flight” tray featuring each expression of the Louis XIII range – Louis XIII, Louis XIII Black Pearl, Louis XIII Rare Cask 43.8 and Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6 – is available for £2,013. Click here to read more at

New operations manager for Revolution
Revolution bar operator Inventive Leisure has appointed Gavin Hughes as regional operations manager for the south. He joins from Novus Leisure where he was a senior member of the operations team.

Rare whisky released by The Famous Grouse
The Famous Grouse has released a rare 40-year-old blended malt which has matured slowly in ex-sherry casks. Only 276 decanters of the whiskey have been produced, with an ABV of 47.3 per cent, with 50 available to buy in the UK. The decanter was crafted in partnership with Scottish designers Timorous Beasties.

Sky to be first to report live on 92 clubs
Sky Sports will make broadcasting history when it screens live reports from all 92 Premier and Football League clubs in a single day. “92Live” on August 1 will provide the latest live updates from each team as they prepare for the new season, which begins the following evening with Sheffield United against Notts County in Sky Bet League 1.

Prosecco bar takes Frizzenti round UK
Activity is being stepped up for prosecco and sparkling wine brand Frizzenti with a pop-up prosecco bar touring horse racing events, concerts and food festivals. The bar, which serves Frizzenti Classico and pink sparkling wine Frizzenti Rosato by the glass, is made from a restored 1970s Citroen van.Click here to read more at

Islay runners to raise money for charity
Runners from the drinks and bar industry are to raise money for charity at the annual Islay Half Marathon on August 3, sponsored by whisky maker Ardbeg. The proceeds will go to the National Brain Appeal in memory of Alan Lodge of The Spirits Business who passed away last year from a brain haemorrhage aged just 29. To sponsor the runners and find out more, click here.

Britvic reports UK revenue growth
Revenues have grown by 4.4 per cent in the UK for soft drinks group Britvic after its continued focus on increasing value over volume. In an interim management statement, the international group reported overall revenue growth of 5.4 per cent over the last quarter.

London bar serves up stylish summer drinks
New summer cocktails at The Churchill Bar at Hyatt Regency’s Churchill Hotel in London are proving a hit, led by a summer cup and a Sloe Gin Spritz. The bar, which was relaunched this year after a major refurbishment, revamped its cocktail list last month with the addition of some summery drinks.Click here to read more at

New kitemark for hospitality training
The Hospitality Guild has launched a new kitemark system to help organisations promote their commitment to training and developing staff and to raise professional standards in the hospitality industry. It has been developed in partnership with leading organisations in the industry and will be managed by the Hospitality Guild’s partner organisation, People 1st.

Checks reveal SIA licence breaches
A door supervisor was found to be working without a licence in a Saturday-night check on pubs, bars and clubs in the City of London by the police and Security Industry Authority investigators. With HM Revenue and Customs officials, they visited four premises on July 20, checking 17 security operatives and backroom staff. The SIA is following up the door supervisor who was working with a revoked licence and issued two warnings to door supervisors for failing to notify the SIA of a change of address which is a breach of licensing conditions.

Bars join Nottingham food and drink festival
Venues in Nottingham are preparing to run events and promotions as part of Nottingham Business Improvement District’s city-wide Food & Drink Fortnight which features events and promotions. It runs from August 3 to 17. Participating bars include Bodega, Long Island, Coco Lounge while 18 pubs and bars are involved in the Ale Trail offering well-known and exclusive real ales. Visit

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