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Freeze on drinks duty welcomed

Today’s Budget has been broadly welcomed by the licensed trade with spirit and beer companies applauding the Chancellor’s decision to freeze duty on cider, wine, beer and spirits. Charles Ireland, Managing Director, Diageo Great Britain, commented, “The duty freeze provides some respite for Britain’s drinkers, al...

MINIMUM PRICING IS LEGAL COURT RULES

The Scottish Government has won its five-year fight to bring in Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) to Scotland, which will make it the first country in Europe to do so. The ...

TREEHOUSE IN AYR TO BE TRANSFORMED

Buzzworks Holdings is spending £400,000 refurbishing its Treehouse venue at Sandgate in Ayr. The bar and restaurant, which is now closed, will re-open at the end of...

SOFT DRINKS SALES TO SOAR OVER CHRISTMAS

New research from Britvic has revealed that almost half of consumers (45%) are set to buy more soft drinks this Christmas than last.  Figures show that over a fifth...

A WINNING TEAM

Business is in David Stein and sister Kirstie’s blood – the brother and sister team not only run an award-winning butchers, David Stein Butchers in Bathgate but ...

Social media and new founts helps Tennent’s sales rise but C&C see profits dip

Tennent’s owners C&C Group has seen a drop in operating profits of 4.9% to €50.5 million for the six months ended August 31, with revenues falling 6.8% to €273.1m and profit after after tax down 5.7%. Boss Stephen Glancey revealed that “less predictable” trading patterns and currency fluctuations and its revise...

DUNNS UNVEIL FIRST CRAFT MARKETPLACE EVENT

Dunns Food and Drinks is to host its first ever “Craft Marketplace” event for trade customers on Thursday 2nd November at the Dissection Room venue within Edin...

Ian Macleod to revive Rosebank

Ian Macleod Distillers has today (10 October) revealed plans to resurrect one of Scotland’s most cherished distilleries – Rosebank in Falkirk. Leonard Russel...

Taco Bell to open in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street

Mexican restaurant chain Taco Bell, working with The Adil Group, is planning to open its first Taco Bell in Scotland. It already has 18 in England. It will also be t...

Diageo to reopen Port Ellen and Brora Distilleries

Diageo are investing £35 million in reopening two mothballed distilleries – Port Ellen on Islay and Brora in Sutherland. The company announced its plans today...

Say “Aloha” to the Poke Bowl

The latest street food trend has arrived in Edinburgh at Broughton Street venue Treacle, in the shape of Poke (pronounced poh-keh) a typical Hawaiian dish of raw fish (commonly tuna) in an Asian dressing served as part of a colourful salad. The bar and restaurant has introduced a new menu which focuses on Southeast Asian [&helli...

Round up – October 2017

Last month Glenfiddich welcomed 350 members of the Scottish on-trade to its spiritual home of Dufftown for the inaugural Glenfiddich Festival Experiment. The privat...

Excellent Result from JD Wetherspoon as they see Profit Increase

JD Wetherspoon has revealed its preliminary results. Its full-year pre-tax profits rose from £80.6m to £102.8m this year, a 27.5% increase, and since the end of th...

Tennent’s Annual Trade Shows

Tennents trade shows for 2017 will take place on Monday 30 October at Hampden Park in Glasgow and Wednesday 1 November at BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Both e...

The Balvenie Peat Week Comes to Market

The Balvenie has brought out The Balvenie Peat Week Aged 14 Years (2002 Vintage). The Balvenie Peat Week is the product of trials undertaken by The Balvenie’s Malt...

The Ivy on the Square is Unveiled

The Ivy on the Square, Edinburgh,  is the first bar and restaurant to open in Scotland from The Ivy Collection. The Ivy on the Square can seat 130 people in its restaurant but it also boasts a bar and mezzanine terrace too. The brasserie offers all-day dining and an extensive cocktail list, however the prices […]...

Beauty of the Blend say Tullamore D.E.W

Tullamore D.E.W., the William Grant & Sons owned Irish whiskey brand, is launching a through the line, global platform called ‘Beauty of Blend.’ As one of th...

Sue Says – October 2017

Well I went to my very first festival last month – I have managed to miss T in the Park and even Rewind, but an invitation from Glenfiddich sounded interesting. I...

Hugo Mills Moves from Molson Coors to Sky

MOLSON Coors has announced that Hugo Mills, Sales and Operations Director for Scotland is leaving the company to join SKY Business as their UK Director of Partnersh...

Limited edition Bottle for Sailor Jerry

William Grant & Sons has launched a new limited-edition bottle design for Sailor Jerry. This bottle is one in a series of limited-edition designs paying homage t...