Plans to add calories to on-trade alcohol ‘absurd’

Trade groups have hit out at a reported proposal to display calories on alcohol sold by large bar and pub operators, with UK Hospitality calling the move “absurd”. In July 2020, the UK government revealed plans to launch a consultation into whether alcoholic beverages should provide calorie information to tackle obesity. The government is considering whether venues with 250 or more employees should display calories on the beer, wine and spirits they serve. A government spokesperson said:…

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Giulia Cuccurullo: the art of perfection

Bartender Giulia Cuccurullo, the winner of the 2020 Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition, tells The Spirits Business how she faced her fears to triumph. Having started bartending in her home country of Italy, Giulia Cuccurullo says she was always attracted to the opportunities a career in the glittering London cocktail scene could offer. Now working behind the bar at Artesian at The Langham hotel in the UK’s capital, Cuccurullo shot to new heights last year when…

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Scottish government cuts hospitality support

A trade body has slammed the “senseless” decision by the Scottish government to end the Strategic Framework Business Fund on 19 April, described as a “financial lifeline” for hospitality businesses during the pandemic. Scottish finance secretary Kate Forbes said the Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF) would be replaced by a one-off reopening grant. “A day of reckoning is coming for debt strapped Scottish businesses and as politicians prioritise the electoral trail, they are needlessly cutting…

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Two in five British venues can offer outdoor service

Fewer than 40% of bars and pubs in Great Britain have outside space that could be used to seat guests, according to new data released ahead of the reopening of outdoor hospitality. Pubs, bars and restaurants in England could reopen for outdoor service on 12 April, provided targets on Covid-19 cases and vaccines are met. Indoor hospitality cannot resume until 17 May at the earliest. Ahead of the reopening of the on-trade in England, researchers…

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GMB slams ‘reckless’ vaccine passports for bars

Proposed vaccine passports to allow inoculated drinkers to visit pubs and bars in the UK have been branded “reckless” by trade union GMB. The UK government is considering implementing so-called vaccine passports for individuals that have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccination. The passports could allow individuals with immunisation against the virus greater freedoms as lockdown measures ease across the country. However, the proposals have been slammed by GMB, which warned such certification would…

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