Arizona bars overturn 10pm curfew

Bar owners in Tucson, Arizona, have won a court battle to overturn a 10pm curfew after arguing the measures had a ‘dire’ effect on local venues and were not backed by science. The owners of Tucson businesses including Cobra Arcade Bar, High Wire, The Maverick and Union Public House won a preliminary injunction, which immediately overturned Pima County’s mandatory 10pm curfew. The ruling by Pima County Superior Court overturned the measures ‘because the court finds…

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Can emerging categories crack the luxury market?

High-end spirits were outgrowing lower-end counterparts at the start of 2020, with emerging categories forecast to soar. Amid the pandemic, has their success been thwarted? *This feature was originally published in the October 2020 issue of The Spirits Business The world of luxury spirits has become known for its ultra‐ premium price tags and quality liquid, which can often be made with some of the rarest and oldest stock available. Interest in the category has…

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Lockdown leaves Scottish hospitality with £1.2bn of debt

Hospitality businesses in Scotland have accrued up to £1.2 billion (US$1.6bn) worth of debt since lockdown began in March, according to a trade association. The Scottish Hospitality Group (SHG) said its members have taken on more than £16 million (US$21m) in debt in order to stay afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic. Across Scotland’s 16,000 licensed premises, the industry could be carrying a debt burden of between £800m (US$1bn) and £1.2bn. It is expected that this…

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Supreme Court backs small businesses over Covid-19 insurance claims

The UK Supreme Court has ruled in favour of small firms following a legal battle over business interruption insurance claims, meaning hundreds of bars could soon receive payments to help them through the Covid-19 pandemic. Watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) brought the test case to the Supreme Court, with eight insurers agreeing to take part in the proceeding. The appeal aimed to clarify whether a number of insurance policy wordings cover business interruption losses…

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The biggest spirits stories of 2020

It’s been quite a year for the spirits industry, with a global pandemic and trade wars grabbing the headlines. The Spirits Business looks at the biggest breaking news from the past 12 months. Last year saw a number of big companies hit the headlines including Beam Suntory, which was hit with a US$19.6 million fine over a bribery investigation. The Covid-19 pandemic dominated the sector last year, with total alcohol sales predicted to decline by…

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