Wetherspoon chairman hits out at ‘elite remainers’

Pro-Brexit JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has slammed “elite remainers” after announcing his pub chain’s annual profits tumbled by 4.5%. The chain’s profit before tax in the year to 28 July 2019 fell to £102.5 million (US$127m) due to higher costs related to real estate, however, revenue increased by 7.4% to £1.8 billion (US$2.2bn). Martin, the main shareholder in JD Wetherspoon and a staunch advocate of Britain’s exit from the EU, used the announcement of…

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Chase Distillery: a brand history

Having started a game-changing company with his Tyrrells crisps brand, William Chase then launched a vodka business, again with potatoes at its heart. Now Chase Distillery is aiming to become the cream of the crop. *This feature was originally published in the July 2019 issue of The Spirits Business The humble spud had never looked so posh as the day William Chase distilled it into a £38 (US$35) vodka on his potato farm in Herefordshire.…

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Jägermeister unveils Cold Brew Coffee liqueur

Herbal liqueur brand Jägermeister has extended its range with the launch of a new expression infused with cold brew coffee. The new global line extension, Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee, will launch in the UK on- and off-trade this month and in the US in the coming months. “We’ve been developing Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee behind the scenes for a number of years, working alongside expert baristas, roasters and barmen through many iterations to create a perfectly balanced…

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Deliveroo to offer CBD drinks on demand

Cannabis-based drinks creator Botanic Lab is offering “CBD on demand” through the launch of a “first-of-its-kind” partnership with Deliveroo. From today (4 September), on-demand drinks delivery service Deliveroo will offer Botanic Lab’s CBD soft drink, Dutch Courage, via the new ‘Dispensary’ platform. The drink contains 5mg of “full-spectrum” cannabidiol (CBD) per 250ml serving. CBD is the non-psychoactive component found in cannabis. In addition to hemp CBD extract, Dutch Courage contains sour cherry and hibiscus botanicals,…

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One in five mid-life adults likely to try non-alcoholic products

New research shows that one in five (19%) of UK adults aged between 40 and 64 are willing to drink non-alcoholic beer, wine or spirits substitutes. According to a YouGov survey of more than 3,000 UK adults in the age group, less than half (49%) of 40 to 64 year olds have tried to reduce their drinking. Commissioned by alcohol education charity Drinkaware, the survey asked drinkers how they currently moderate their drinking and the…

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