Roust and William Grant end UK distribution deal

Russian Standard vodka owner Roust will end its five-year partnership with William Grant & Sons UK and will launch its own distribution company in 2021. For the last five years, William Grant & Sons UK has looked after the distribution of Russian Standard, Green Mark and Żubrówka in the UK. From 1 January 2021, Roust UK will launch as a full-service distributor, directly managing customer relationships and supply chains to leading grocers nationwide. Roust UK…

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Jack Daniel’s unveils Make it Count campaign

Brown-Forman has launched a new global campaign for Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey, called Make it Count. Last month, Brown-Forman said it will invest in a new campaign for Jack Daniel’s after the flagship variant recorded a double-digit decline in Q1. The first advert from the new Make it Count campaign will air in the UK on ITV at 8.45pm BST today (12 October). Titled ‘First Timers’, the 20-second ad is part of a cross-channel campaign…

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UK Hospitality urges more financial support

Trade group UK Hospitality is calling for the government to reintroduce the full furlough scheme for workers in areas under local lockdown to save jobs and businesses, as new coronavirus restrictions are due to be announced in England next week. Speaking during a number of media interviews, UK Hospitality’s CEO Kate Nicholls urged the return of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, whereby 80% of employees’ wages were paid by the government. The scheme ended in…

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Nightclub owner takes legal action over 10pm curfew

The owner of London-based nightclub operator GAY has launched a legal battle against the UK government’s 10pm hospitality curfew. Jeremy Joseph, owner of GAY, which operates its namesake venues in London and Manchester, as well as the Heaven nightclub in Charring Cross, has instructed a team of barristers to challenge the government’s restrictions on hospitality, which came into force to stem the spread of Covid-19. The UK government introduced the 10pm closure order for bars,…

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Government bars u-turn on exemption from 10pm curfew

The UK government has reversed its decision to sell alcohol in parliamentary bars after 10pm to match curfew regulations enforced in hospitality venues across England. The ruling comes into force today, four days after bars and restaurants in England were ordered to close their doors from 10pm in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus. According to a UK parliament spokesperson, catering facilities in parliament will remain open later when the House of Commons is…

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