Chase Distillery agrees distribution deal in Australia

English spirits producer Chase Distillery has signed a distribution deal with Stuart Alexander in Australia. Chase Distillery produces award-winning Chase Potato Vodka, which is redistilled with botanicals to create Chase GB Gin. The firm’s spirits portfolio is made from potatoes grown on the Chase family farm in Herefordshire,England. Andrew Carter, Chase Distillery managing director, said: “Partnering with Stuart Alexander is a great opportunity for us to step change our performance in the Australian market and…

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On-trade sales drop 71% amid covid-19 pandemic

Sales in UK pubs, bars and restaurants dropped 71% during the final week of trading before venues were ordered to close to stem the spread of coronavirus. On-trade venues in the UK were ordered to close their doors on 20 March by the government as it implemented strict social distancing measures to mitigate the spread of covid-19. Figures released by the Coffer Peach Business Tracker show that like-for-like sales in the week ending 22 March…

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Speciality Drinks creates wellbeing packs for trade

On-trade wholesaler Speciality Drinks teamed up with Edrington-Beam Suntory UK to donate wellbeing packages to industry workers during the covid-19 pandemic – 1,000 of which were snapped up in one evening. The wellbeing packs were launched yesterday (25 March) and contained food and store-cupboard goods. The companies created an initial run of 1,000 packages, which have already been ordered by those eligible to receive a pack. Both companies said there was “scope to produce many…

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Diageo debuts free phone line to help licensed trade

Drinks giant Diageo has launched a free information phone line to support licensed business owners, which will be available from today (23 March). The phone line will allow business owners to access information regarding the commercial measures announced by the UK government. Business and financial advisor Grant Thornton UK LLP will provide the new phone line. On Friday (20 March), the UK government announced it will pay 80% of wages for employees who are not…

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UK govt to pay wages as on-trade ordered to close

The UK government will pay 80% of wages for employees who are not working, up to £2,500 (US$2,900) a month, as on-trade venues and shops nationwide are ordered to close from tonight (20 March). UK chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed “unprecedented measures” to help those whose jobs are at risk through the coronavirus job retention scheme. The scheme will offer grants to any employer in the UK and will cover the cost of wages backdated to…

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