Drinks Sector News

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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Net-zero pubs and bars initiative launched

Pubs and bars will be able to become ‘certified net-zero’ following the launch of two new initiatives this week. The net-zero pubs and bars initiatives will help businesses tackle net-zero, from defining what it means for the on-trade to providing guidance on emissions reductions. There will also be a standard against which outlets can achieve…
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Alcohol labelling back on the menu

A row over calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks has heated up after reports claimed the government is planning to force large businesses to publish calorie information at the point of sale. Citing leaked Department of Health plans, The Sun claimed pub menus or even pump labels would have to carry the information where businesses employ…
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Industry Leaders Announced at the Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards

The 2020 Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards were presented on Thursday in front of a live virtual audience to rapturous applause. The Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards is the barometer for sustainability and responsible business practice for the drinks industry and represents the annual celebration of businesses and individuals making a difference to sustainability in the on-trade drinks sector and…
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What to do with 7m pints of unwanted beer?

Some 87m pints of beer have been thrown away since the pandemic started, the British Beer and Pub Association estimates. As Footrpint reported last month, many businesses have found enterprising ways to put this waste beer to good use: providing energy, animal feed or even a rich gravy for a takeaway pie. Heineken this week…
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Covid curbs alcohol consumption

People drank less in the early months of the covid-19 pandemic, when restrictions included the closure of pubs, bars and clubs, compared to the same months in previous years. Research published this week showed a 6% reduction in total alcohol sales in Scotland, England and Wales in the period from March 15th to July 11th.…
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