DRY JANUARY: THE RISE OF NO AND LOW ALCOHOL PAVES THE WAY FOR A PROFITABLE 2020

Traditionally, ‘Dry January’ is considered a quieter month for the UK on-trade, with consumers abstaining from alcohol and avoiding the pub altogether. However, given the phenomenal growth of the no and low alcohol category, driven by the health-conscious consumer, Dry January 2020 presents a lucrative opportunity for the nation’s pubs and bars.

With on-trade no and low alcohol sales rising by 48% (to around £60M[1]), it’s a great time for operators to review their range, attract new customers and capitalise on demand in January and the rest of 2020.

BEST WESTERN ANNOUCES FESTIVE FUNDRAISER

Best Western GB has announced the launch of its 2019 festive marketing campaign which is the latest activity to help raise vital funds for housing and homelessness charity, Shelter, the leading hotel group’s chosen charity of the year.

Starring Dixie the Donkey, this new campaign follows the great response the leading hotel group received for its 2018 campaign – ‘Feel Like a Kid Again’ featuring a flurry of naughty goats.

STREAMING OF A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS – SIX PUB CHAINS TO STREAM LIVE SPORT AS STREAMING REVOLUTION GATHERS PACE

Six pub chains with a combined estate of nearly 900 pubs are to partner with Screach, the first streaming service designed and built exclusively for commercial premises.

The rapid uptake – which equates to a 12% surge in Screach’s pub chain customer base in just a month – comes after the platform began live streaming sports content into British pubs.

Industry’s prospects positive for 2020 after challenging

A growth in enquiry levels for 2020 will allow the business meetings and events industry to start the new year with optimism after a challenging 2019, says the Meetings Industry Association (mia).

According to figures gathered for the latest edition of miaTouchstone, enquiry levels rose by 5% in 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.

MODERN WHISKY DRINKER REVEALED – AND IT’S NOT WHO YOU MIGHT THINK

The profile of the modern-day whisky drinker has been revealed and – despite what you might think – it’s not an older person from Scotland.

UK-wide research from YouGov reveals our palates are refined enough to appreciate Scotland’s national spirit earlier than you might expect, with 84% of UK whisky drinkers stating that they started to enjoy whisky before the age of 31.

Support Your Local, Go TEA Total’ this January, says Hogs Back Brewery

Hogs Back Brewery is reprising its successful ‘Support Your Local, Go TEA Total’ campaign in January, with the aim of encouraging more consumers to support their local at the pub trade’s quietest time of year.

‘Go TEA Total’ ran for the first time in January this year, when more than 150 pubs displayed the campaign pumpclip wobblers or posters. For 2020, Hogs Back is building on the campaign with more impactful assets to create standout in participating pubs, a competition to find the TEA Drinkers’ Pub of the Year, a ‘TEA Total Thursday’ initiative, advertising in Hogs Back’s Surrey heartlands and a social media drive.

JACKFRUIT VOTED THE TASTE OF 2020

Meat Alternative Loved By Vegans, Expected To Go Mainstream In 2020 

Jackfruit has been unveiled as the tastecard Taste of the Year 2020 as both professional chefs and consumers across Britain predict 2020 to be the year of the meat alternative.

In two separate surveys, jackfruit topped the polls as the food both consumers and over 300 professional chefs and restaurateurs expect to see explode on to the high-street restaurant scene next year.

Chef Dayashankar Sharma Brings Veganuary to Grand Trunk Road for 2020

Fresh from another year of wowing their dedicated clientele with a varied and always luxurious offering, Grand Trunk Road are adding a vegan twist to their beautiful menu for January 2020.

Since their launch in 2016, the restaurant has stood at the helm of quality Indian fine dining. With a sublime menu devised by Head Chef Dayashankar Sharma, from his own experiences travelling and collecting unforgettable recipes along the legendary Grand Trunk Road trail, the restaurant has garnered awards, nods from Michelin and legions of satisfied customers since its arrival three years ago.

What NOT to do on Chinese New Year by Jeremy Pang

Recognised by more than 20% of the world’s population (statistic credit: chinesenewyear.net), the festivities start Saturday 25th January 2020, to celebrate the beginning of a New Year on the Chinese calendar. Known for having a wealth of rich traditions and cultural ritual, Jeremy gives us his rundown below on the absolute no no’s when it comes to celebrating Chinese New Year authentically:

THE ANNUAL TASTE OF LONDON FOOD REPORT

  • Londoners are eating out more than ever, with nearly half (42%) choosing restaurants over food delivery apps or cooking at home (28%)
  • Over a third of respondents (34%) admitted to trying 12 new restaurants a year, despite it being a turbulent time for restaurateurs
  • Adventurous dishes soar in popularity, with favourites including Japanese Sandos and Sri Lankan Hoppers

MITCHELLS & BUTLERS APPOINTS ELIS TO SUPPLY AND LAUNDER CHEFS’ WEAR AND LINEN

Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest operators of restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK, has appointed Elis to supply and launder chefs’ wear and linen for its brands, including Harvester, Innkeepers Lodge, Toby Carvery, Browns and Miller & Carter.

The Manchester Cleaning Show organised in association with the British Cleaning Council will return for 2020

Now established within the North West, the Manchester Cleaning Show is the region’s LARGEST cleaning & hygiene event offering an invaluable opportunity to meet with suppliers, make new connections and gain knowledge about the key challenges affecting the industry.

CABUCHON LAUNCHES THE SPACE-SAVING STUDIO COMPACT BUILT-IN BATH

British bath manufacturer Cabuchon Bathforms has launched its new Studio bath, the latest addition to its range of baths which can be built into the fabric of a bathroom. A space-saving tub, it is designed for modern en-suites and bathrooms where space is at a premium. Measuring 1522mm x 837mm (5ft x 33″), the Studio has a noticeably smaller footprint than conventionally designed baths.