How Asia’s bars are reopening post-pandemic

Having been the first region to lock down because of Covid-19, Asia is finally coming back to life. But the restart is not without its problems, and bars and restaurants are having to take care. *This feature was originally published in the July 2020 issue of The Spirits Business The global on‐trade faces a long and difficult road to recovery. Following the outbreak of Covid‐19, lockdowns were swiftly imposed throughout Asia. But lifting them will…

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Seoul bars face second closure due to Covid-19

Bars and clubs in South Korea have been advised to close after 54 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed following an investigation into Seoul’s Itaewon district. South Korea implemented its social distancing measures on 22 March and relaxed the rules on 6 May in favour of an ‘everyday life quarantine scheme’. The rules were adjusted after the number of daily confirmed cases dropped to single digits. However, there has been a spike in new coronavirus cases…

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Fall in whisky sales pushing producers out of South Korea

Dwindling whisky sales in South Korea have driven several leading spirits producers out of the Korean market in the past year, according to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis. Last year, Diageo revealed plans to close its whisky bottling plant in Incheon, South Korea. According to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, while imported beers, mixed drinks and wine have experienced “strong success” in South Korea, the whisky category – the majority of which has historically been Scotch – “continues to…

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South Korea ‘most attractive’ drinks market in Asia

South Korea is the “most attractive” market in Asia for alcohol producers, while Cambodia has been labelled “one to watch” due to rising consumption levels, according to a study by research company Fitch Solutions. Fitch Solutions published its Alcoholic Drinks Risk/Rewards Index, which ranks the associated risks and rewards for drinks producers listing their products in different countries. South Korea came out on top in Asia after researchers found it offered high rewards and lower…

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