Real Ale Ltd helps M&S develop range

Twickenham-based craft beer retailer Real Ale Ltd has been working with M&S again, sourcing two interesting drinks to add to the superstore’s range. There are a new single-varietal cider, produced from dessert apples, by Kentish Pip (Kent), and an Oatmeal...

Liberation acquires more pubs for Butcombe

The Liberation Group has acquired four pubs in the West Country within the last month to grow its Butcombe estate to 34 pubs. These new acquisitions mean The Liberation Group has purchased ten pubs for its Butcombe estate so far in 2017 — a 42% increase in the size of...

Britain exports one billion pints of beer

x New figures from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) show one billion pints of British beer were shipped around the world last year, bringing a £600 million boost to the UK economy. Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer...

Pubs ready for tougher times ahead

Pub operator J D Wetherspoon has posted an impressive 28% rise in profit (before deductions), with like-for-like sales up 4% over the past year. But it is getting ready for tougher times ahead, with the hospitality industry fearing that customers will start to rein in...

SIBA brings quality to the fore

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) says all its members trading on the Beerflex scheme now hold a valid FSQ certificate or other professional food and drink quality accreditation commissioned themselves. This means 494 independent craft breweries can...

Hiver looks to create crowdfunding buzz

Hiver Beers launches a crowdfunding campaign today, looking to sell 8% equity in the business, established in 2013 to focus on honey beers. The company wants to accelerate its growth through investment in a second retail site, a new annual marketing campaign,...

BBPA warns against beer tax rise

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has issued a warning that today’s rocketing inflation rate should not be used to ratchet up beer taxes in the autumn Budget, as currently planned.  If the Chancellor sticks to an inflation-based increase already...

Best Bar None scheme expanding nationwide

Best Bar None (BBN), the national programme designed to improve standards within licensed premises through local partnerships, is rolling out new schemes across the country. The scheme, supported by the Home Office, now operates in 70 towns and cites, with new...