UK pub and bar numbers grow for first time in a decade

The number of pubs and bars in the UK grew by 315 to 39,130 in 2019 – the first increase in a decade. According to the Office for National Statistic’s (ONS) Economies of ale: changes in the UK pubs and bars sector, 2001 to 2019 report, the number of small pubs and bars – venues with fewer than 10 employees – in the UK increased for the first time in more than 15 years. In…

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Baileys Red Velvet Cupcake launches in UK

Diageo has released its limited edition red velvet cake-flavoured Baileys Irish cream liqueur in the UK. The limited edition Baileys Red Velvet Cupcake was first released in the US in October 2019 as part of a collaboration with the founders of US bakery Georgetown Cupcake. Baileys Red Velvet liqueur is said to taste like “fresh chocolate cake, topped with a dollop of cream cheese frosting and just a hint of cocoa powder”. The finish has…

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How the Tories’ election victory could impact UK spirits

What does the recent Conservative victory in the UK’s general election mean for the country’s spirits brands, especially with a Budget looming this year? The Spirits Business asks industry insiders what might happen next. The end of 2019 saw the UK take part in what was billed the most important general election in a generation. Run ahead of schedule, it was triggered after a period of parliamentary deadlock on how to proceed with Brexit –…

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Survey: 78% of Brits give into drinking pressures

Almost four in five drinkers in the UK consume more alcohol than they intend to due to social pressures, according to new research commissioned by Alcohol Change UK. According to a survey carried out by YouGov on behalf of Alcohol Change UK, the charity behind Dry January, 78% of Brits said they drink more than they want to or intend to. Alcohol Change UK said the reasons for drinking more varied between age groups, with…

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Conservatives must ‘eliminate any risk’ of no-deal Brexit

Following the Conservative party’s win in the UK general election today (13 December), the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has urged the new government to remove any risk of a no-deal Brexit. The Conservatives, led by UK prime minister Boris Johnson, retained control of parliament after gaining the majority of seats – 364 – in the election, which took place yesterday (12 December). The Labour party, helmed by Jeremy Corbyn, won 203 seats –…

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