Breaking Bad stars launch Dos Hombres Mezcal in UK

Dos Hombres Mezcal, founded by Breaking Bad actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, has launched in the UK through department store Selfridges. Cranston and Paul, who starred in the acclaimed AMC show Breaking Bad, announced the launch of their mezcal brand on social media in July 2019. Dos Hombres (42% ABV) is made using espadin agave, the piñas from the plants are cooked in earthen pits to release their sugars before being crushed using a…

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Calorie labelling must not put producers at disadvantage

Any measures regarding calorie labelling on alcoholic beverages must not put UK producers at a competitive disadvantage, industry watchdog the Portman Group has warned. Earlier this week, the UK government revealed plans to launch a consultation into whether alcoholic beverages should provide calorie information to tackle obesity. On-trade venues could also be forced to list ‘hidden liquid calories’ on menus in a bid to encourage consumers to make healthier choices when ordering. While some trade…

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Lockdown causes £30bn sales loss for pubs and bars

The UK hospitality sector experienced a loss of nearly £30 billion (US$38.6bn) during the second quarter of 2020 as venues were ordered to close under lockdown rules. Sales at bars, pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK plunged by 87% during the Covid-19 lockdown to £4.6bn (US$5.9bn) for Q2, according to the UK Hospitality Quarterly Tracker, collated by data provider CGA. In comparison, the second quarter of 2019 recorded sales of £34.2bn (US$44bn). The UK…

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End tariffs to save jobs, trade bodies urge

A collective of 17 trade associations representing alcohol sectors in the US, the EU and the UK have joined forces to call for the urgent removal of all tariffs to save jobs. The organisations – which include Spirits Europe, the Scotch Whisky Association and the Distilled Spirits Council of the US – have submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) opposing the US government’s proposal to introduce additional tariffs on distilled spirits, wine…

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Majority of drinkers satisfied with Covid-19 safety steps

As the UK on-trade reopens its doors, 80% of drinkers said they were very satisfied with coronavirus safety measures implemented by pubs and bars, according to new research. Pubs and bars in England were able to reopen on 4 July, following months of enforced closures implemented in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus. According to research from the We Hear You initiative from analysts CGA and Yumpingo, and trade group UK Hospitality, nine…

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