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Japan urges its young people to drink more to boost economy

August 18, 2022

  Japan’s young adults are a sober bunch – something authorities are hoping to change with a new campaign. The younger generation drinks less alcohol than their parents – a move that has hit taxes from beverages like sake (rice wine). So the national tax agency has stepped in with a national competition to come Read More…


BII Survey Highlights Pub Fragility

July 18, 2022

  A survey of British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) members has highlighted the fragility of pubs in every community across the UK. The news comes as venues face huge inflationary headwinds, disproportionate costs for their businesses, severe staff shortages and the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on consumers. According to the survey, over 75% of BII members are down Read More…


Grocery prices rise at the fastest rate since 2009

May 24, 2022

  UK grocery prices are rising at their fastest rate since 2009, leaving people increasingly worried about the cost of the weekly shop, research suggests. Grocery prices were up 7% in the past four weeks compared with a year ago, market research firm Kantar said. Food prices are now the second most important concern to Read More…


Heineken and Carlsberg exit Russia

March 29, 2022

  For the global brewers, as they grapple with changing consumer tastes and gently declining beer consumption in established markets like the US, Germany, the UK and Japan, Russia has been comparatively resilient. Russia, the world’s fifth largest country in terms of overall beer drinking, was one of the few major markets around the world Read More…


Beer prices will have to rise, says Cobra founder

February 7, 2022

  The founder of beer brand Cobra has said prices will have to rise because of a “vicious cycle” of cost pressures. Lord Bilimoria told the BBC that “virtually every business in every sector” is being squeezed by inflation, interest rate rises and tax increases. The Cobra chairman, who is also president of the CBI Read More…


Pub marquees could become permanent fixtures

September 6, 2021

Marquees set up by pubs and restaurants during the Covid pandemic could become permanent on-site fixtures, under government proposals. Ministers are consulting on plans to allow some of extra seating introduced by outdoor hospitality to continue.   Street markets may also be allowed to open all year but a continuation of al fresco dining on Read More…


UK hospitality hit by severe staff shortages after lockdown, industry chiefs warn

July 21, 2021

  The UK’s hospitality venues are suffering from a “severe” shortage of staff, as industry chiefs warn many businesses are struggling to re-adjust to the lifting of Covid lockdown curbs. Many pubs, restaurants and nightclubs yet to reopen after the lengthy winter shutdown are desperately seeking staff to take advantage of the surge in demand this summer. Read More…


Whitbread: Premier Inn owner braces for UK holiday boom

April 27, 2021

  Premier Inn owner Whitbread has said it expects strong demand for holidays in the UK throughout the summer as Covid restrictions ease further from mid-May. The hotel and restaurant firm forecasts “a significant bounce in leisure demand in our tourist locations”. At the same time, Whitbread laid bare the impact of the pandemic on Read More…


Covid: Cornwall ‘faces losing £1bn of visitor spending’

January 18, 2021

  Cornwall faces losing £1bn of spending by visitors over 14 months because of coronavirus, tourism bosses say. Visit Cornwall head Malcolm Bell said the projected loss, estimated for March 2020 to April 2021, would have a “major impact on business viability”. Mr Bell said he wanted to urge potential visitors to make bookings to Read More…


Greene King to rename pubs over ‘links to racism’

January 18, 2021

  Greene King is to rename four of its pubs over possible links to racism. The UK pub chain announced it would rebrand three venues currently called The Black Boy – in Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury in Suffolk, and Shinfield in Berkshire – as well as the Black’s Head in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, due to their Read More…