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US craft beer exports boom

by admin 3/19/2015 10:39:00 AM

US craft beer exports in 2014 rocketed by 35.7%, with the UK the third fastest-growing market, according to new figures.

The Brewers Association – the trade association presenting small and independent American brewers – said global exports rose to 383,422 barrels worth $99.7m (£67.3m) in 2014.

Exports to the UK continued to grow in 2014 with the UK market accounting for a 10.8% share, up from 7.8% in 2013. The UK remains the third largest market behind Canada (53%) and Sweden (12%), and was the third fastest-growing market in 2014, behind Brazil and South Korea.

Bob Pease, chief executive at the Brewers Association, said: “The American craft beer scene is one of the most dynamic in the world. These figures bear out the growing success of craft brewers in spurring international interest in innovative and flavourful beers that are delivered to consumers as freshly as possible.”


Stars turn out for charity’s pub quiz

by admin 3/19/2015 10:38:00 AM

Two celebrities have supported a centre for children with cerebral palsy by helping to raise money at a charity pub quiz.

Soap actress Michelle Collins and actor Kenny Doughty, who recently acted alongside Sheridan Smith for an upcoming ITV series, attended the quiz at the John Baird pub in London, in support for the charity.

The event was held to raise money for a £5m new building for the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy.


Drinkaware to launch moderate drinking campaign

by admin 3/18/2015 10:35:00 AM

Drinkaware is planning to launch a new on-trade campaign, which aims to encourage pub goers to consume alcohol in moderation.

The charity, which I supported by alcohol producers, said it was currently finalising the specifics of the campaign, but it could involve posters, beer mats of staff training around serving customers and encouraging them to drink moderately.

Rommel Moseley, director of business development and partnerships for Drinkaware, said recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that more than one in five adults now claim to be a teetotaller, meaning issues around drinking are “heading in the right direction”.

Moseley said: “It’s about developing ways Drinkaware can target messages that do not compromise a pub’s brand but support customers in getting the information they want about alcohol. It’s not good commercial sense to be irresponsible and pubs understand that.”


Chancellor announces 1p cut for beer duty

by admin 3/18/2015 10:34:00 AM

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a 1p per pint cut in beer duty for the third year in a row.

In today’s Budget announcement George Osborne added that duty on cider, Scotch whisky and other spirits would be cut by 2%, and wine duty, frozen.

Osborne said: “Last year, thanks to the persistent campaigning of my honourable friends I cut beer duty for the second year in a row, which the industry estimated helped create 16,000 jobs. More pubs saved, jobs created, families supported and a penny off a pint for the third year in a row.”

Commenting on the beer duty cut, Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), said the move will create 3,600 new jobs this year and put £180m in the pockets of beer drinkers and pubgoers.


Pub celebrates 100 years of family ownership

by admin 3/17/2015 10:33:00 AM

A pub near Shrewsbury is celebrating having been owned and run by the same family for 100 years.

The New Inn, situated in the village of Hook-A-Gate, was purchased in 1915 by Robert Hunter and his wife Susan. Robert passed away in 1952 and his son Denis and wife Joan took over.

In 1982, Denis handed the pub to son Rod who installed a catering kitchen and turned a games room into a restaurant, taking the pub into a new era. Rod passed away in May 2009 and left the pub to his wife Debbie.

She said: “I may only be a Hunter through marriage but no one could respect the history of this pub or love it more.”

Debbie now runs the pub with partner Martin Davis, and his son Tom.


Pubs warned over business rates info request

by admin 3/16/2015 10:32:00 AM

Business rates are being reviewed – for the first time in seven years – and licensees have been urged to respond quickly to requests for information from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), if they want to avoid overstated valuations, fines and unnecessary red tape.

The VOA is now conducting its new revaluation from Wednesday 1 April. As part of the process it will contact licensees requesting trading data that will be used to feed into valuations.

This information will be used to calculate the rateable value of every pub in England and Wales, which forms the basis on which every pub’s business rates bill is calculated.

In a change from previous revaluations, the data being collected has been reduced dramatically, down to just one page, but there is a catch – the short form is only valid if it’s returned within 28 days. The alternative form runs to eight pages and asks for more complex information.


Pubs maintain post-recession revival

by admin 3/12/2015 10:04:00 AM

Leading managed pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales edge up 1.6% in February, according to latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker figures - continuing an almost two-year trend of consistent post-recession growth.
Total sales for the month among the 30 companies in the tracker sample were up 5.8% on February 2014, reflecting the sector’s investment in new openings.
Peter Martin, vice president of CGA Peach, the business insight consultancy that produces the Tracker, said: “February marked the 23rd consecutive month of positive like-for-like sales for the sector. It is showing steady but consistent growth, which illustrates the underlying strength of the market and the public’s desire to continue to go out to eat and drink.
“Casual dining brands are currently leading the sector, collectively recording a 3.4% like-for-like sales increase in February, including a 4.6% uplift for brands outside of the M25. Not only are groups opening new sites, but right across the market are now actively investing in refreshing their propositions and also being quicker to dispose of underperforming sites, so maintaining that positive sales momentum.”



Pub creates floating beer garden

by admin 3/11/2015 10:03:00 AM

The Boathouse pub in Chester has taken shipment of a barge in an attempt to create the ultimate floating beer garden.

In the coming months the 75ft by 14ft barge will be fitted out to become Chester’s first permanent drinking venue on the river. It will have a painted blue hull and ship decking. There will also be fixed booth and free-flow seating in the middle to seat 60 diners, drinkers and shipmates. 

The Boathouse has become so busy during peak times that the business required an innovative solution and looked to complement its position on the River Dee.

Philip Murray, ‘Captain’ of The Boathouse, said: “The barge will give more customers the opportunity to enjoy the unbeatable views we have over the river.”


New posters set out the law on serving alcohol

by admin 3/10/2015 10:01:00 AM

A new poster campaign has been launched to help licensees raise awareness of the laws on buying alcohol for a drunken person, or knowingly selling alcohol to a person who is drunk. As well as supporting staff, the posters will raise public awareness, helping to ensure a safe and sociable drinking environment for all.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has worked with National Pubwatch and Drinkaware, with input from the Home Office, to create the two new designs, which can be downloaded free of charge from the BBPA’s website.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, said: “These posters are designed to help licensees, who can be put in a very difficult position and risk breaking the law if pressured to serve drunken customers.

“We need to make sure that the public fully understands that these are offences. Working in partnership with the Home Office, National Pubwatch and Drinkaware on initiatives such as this is a highly effective way of promoting responsible retailing.”


'Hybridisation' drives pub growth

by admin 3/9/2015 9:59:00 AM

The UK pub market is set to outpace the casual restaurant sector in terms of growth this year, as operators continue to diversify their offer, according to the latest report from Allegra Foodservice.

The report forecast that UK pub turnover will grow by 2% to £21.85bn in 2015, the highest rate of growth since the recession. In contract, the casual restaurant sector is set to achieve 0.9% turnover growth.

Allegra attributed the accelerating pub growth to ‘hybridisation’ in the sector, with pubs moving into all-day dining to compete with coffee shops and provide a ‘third space’ for consumers to enjoy between the office and the home.

According to the report, pubs are already increasing their share of breakfast, lunch and dinner occasions, with 84% of UK adults visiting a pub for meals or snacks in the last quarter of 2014.