Welsh bars reopen after ‘firebreak’ lockdown

Bars and pubs in Wales can reopen today following a two-week lockdown but must stop serving alcohol at 10pm under new coronavirus measures. From today (9 November), hospitality businesses in Wales that were ordered to close under the two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown on 23 October will be able to reopen. Businesses reopening in Wales must ensure two-metre physical distancing is observed, restrict visitor numbers and implement a one-way system where possible. Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford…

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Halewood adds Penderyn to distribution portfolio

Welsh distillery Penderyn has signed a deal with Halewood Wines & Spirits to distribute its products in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The agreement will see Halewood distribute Penderyn to on-trade customers in the three countries. The Welsh distiller will continue to distribute its products to customers in Wales and within the grocery channel. Stephen Davies, Penderyn CEO, said: “We are very excited by this partnership and look forward to building a strong relationship with…

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Government whisky ad infuriates Scottish MPs

A billboard in Canada has caused outrage among Scottish MPs after promoting British whisky without mentioning Scotland. The advert in Ottawa, part of the UK government’s Great Britain campaign, features an image of Northern Irish whiskey brand The Quiet Man alongside the strapline “heritage is great”. The advert has caused a stir among Scottish National Party (SNP) MPs who have taken to Twitter to call out the advert for not mentioning Scotch whisky. In a…

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Welsh drinks strategy highlights spirits growth

The Food and Drink Wales Industry Board (FDWIB) has launched a new drinks strategy for Wales, which seeks to highlight key areas of growth across the Welsh alcohol sector. Led by the Welsh Drink Cluster, as well as the FDWIB and the Welsh government, The Growing the Drinks Industry in Wales Strategy celebrates the country’s drinks sector. Founded in March 2017 by Lesley Griffiths, cabinet secretary for environment planning and rural affairs, the Welsh Drinks…

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