Drinks Sector News

Profitability plummets in pubs

Rising prices for energy, goods and labour has resulted in profitability of hospitality business plummeting. Just 37% of businesses surveyed by the British Beer and Pub Association, the British Institute of Innkeeping and UKHospitality are currently turning a profit, with energy in particular eating into margins.  The price of goods and labour are also factors.…
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Taste, health and ESG commitments drive no- and low-alcohol drinks

Sales of no- and low-alcohol beer, cider, wine, spirits, and ready-to-drink (RTD) products grew by more than 6% in volume in 10 key markets in 2021, and now have a 3.5% volume share of the industry, according to a new study published by research group IWSR. The market value of no- and low-alcohol drinks in…
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Footprint launches Drinks Industry ESG Trends Report to drive sustainability progress across the sector

The 2022 Footprint Drinks Industry ESG Trends Report has launched today, identifying key trends and opportunities to help industry leaders build their business, develop a proactive sustainability strategy, benchmark good practice and identify issues in need of greater attention. Sponsored by Pernod Ricard UK, it is the definitive guide to charting and measuring sustainability progress in…
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Energy prices soar and providers shun hospitality

Hospitality businesses across the UK are being refused energy contracts from suppliers, according to the British Beer and Pub Association. The sector has faced energy issues throughout the pandemic but these are becoming “increasingly worse” the trade group said.  The Russian invasion of Ukraine has exacerbated the situation. The Financial Times this week reported that the global economy…
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‘Dry January’ sales surge at Tesco

In January, vegans tend to hog the limelight – but what about those abstaining from alcohol for a month? Demand for low- and no-alcohol beer and cider was at its strongest ever during ‘Dry January’, according to supermarket Tesco. Sales surged nearly 30% compared to the same period last year. Sparkling wine, including ‘Nozeco’, also…
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Breweries break bread to fight climate change

A coalition of 25 breweries has called on world leaders to work together to combat the climate and nature emergency. Coordinated by Toast Ale, an open letter from breweries including Adnams, Beavertown, Guinness and Meantime urges leaders to seize the “once in a lifetime opportunity to protect people and nature from the effects of the…
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Glass should be kept out of DRS – drinks body

The trade body representing UK wine and spirit producers has reiterated its call for a UK-wide deposit return scheme (DRS) to exclude glass from within its scope. Speaking at the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s (WSTA) industry summit last week, chief executive Miles Beale said the WSTA had been the “lone voice” among trade bodies…
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Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards 2021 in association with Matthew Clark shortlist announced

The judging has concluded and we are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2021 Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards in association with Matthew Clark, revealing the sustainability initiatives of the on-trade drinks sector’s leading responsible businesses. Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards is the barometer for sustainability and responsible business practice for the drinks industry and represents…
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MPs call for DRS consistency

Deposit return schemes (DRS) should be consistent across all four nations of the UK to make it easy for businesses and the public, according to an influential committee of MPs. In its response to the government’s consultation on a DRS for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the environmental audit committee (EAC) called for Defra to…
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Malbec and hard seltzers among lockdown drinks winners

Argentinian wines and hard seltzers are among the lockdown drinking trends that look set to take root in hospitality following the reopening of the sector. Retail sales data for 2020 shows sales of wines from Argentina, such as Malbec, soared 41% compared to the year before and are up more than seven-fold compared with 2016.…
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