Saturday, 22 January 2011

Roundup 22/1/11

With large pub companies still offloading quality outlets, there couldn't be a better time to set up a business with a food operation, says Noli Dinkovski.
  • MA 250 member Urban & Country Leisure plans to invest £20m over the next three years to rollout its Lazy Cow boutique hotel concept.
    • The deadline for entries to the Brewing Industry International Awards has been extended for the second time due to the record volume of submissions.
      • The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is holding a £15,000 five-day celebration of the UK's craft brewing industry in Nottingham next month.
        • Hop Back Brewery's Entire Stout has been crowned the Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain.
          • New codes of practice have made it harder to let pubs, two of Britain's top pubco bosses have revealed. The BII claims it proves the codes are working while pressure groups question the impact of the codes.
            • A number of Whitbread brands have introduced a variety of lower salt soups to their menus.
              • St Austell Brewery is to reshuffle its portfolio of ales following the launch two new cask ales to its permanent range.
                • Cask Marque will be trailing a new Beautiful Beer accreditation scheme over the next six months for pubs going the extra mile.
                  • Enterprise Inns and Admiral Taverns will be auctioning 27 of their pubs in Wales, the Morning Advertiser has learnt.
                    • The long-standing editor of the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2011 says pubs could achieve two Michelin star status in the next few years.
                      • Pub operator JD Wetherspoon has warned rising commodity prices will dent its full-year performance.
                        • The trade needs a helping hand from Government as it contends with the recent VAT increase, says Roger Protz.
                          • The smoking ban in Greece could be amended just four months after it was brought in with the introduction of a smoking tax.
                            • Admiral Taverns is offering a series of events at Booker branches to help licensees make the most out of serving food.