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The Drinks Retailing Awards are now open for entries for the 2023 event. The awards, which have been given a makeover for 2023, celebrate the best in the UK off-trade.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has rejected suggestions that there should be different alcohol duty rates between the on-trade and off-trade.

The drinks industry should be closely involved in shaping the post-Covid, post-Brexit landscape in which it does business, Wine & Spirit Trade Association chief executive Miles Beale told the organisation’s virtual annual Industry Summit this morning.

Innis & Gunn

01 June, 2021

Hospitality industry leaders have stepped up campaigning to ensure that the June 21 relaxation of Covid restrictions in England is implemented, amid rising concerns that an increase in cases could cause a delay.

UK Hospitality said a potential delay could “push many businesses closer to the cliff edge of failure”.

The British Beer & Pub Association has launched a Countdown to Freedom campaign, urging the government to go ahead with the removal of all remaining restrictions on June 21.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality, said: “Any delay in the roadmap would have a devastating effect on an already fragile hospitality sector.

Craft kombucha brand LA Brewery is looking to raise £500,000 through a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube.

Enotria & Coe chief executive Troy Christensen has become chair of the board of trustees of trade charity The Drinks Trust.

There was a slight slowing of growth in off-trade drinks sales in the week ending October 17 according to latest data from Nielsen.

The Drinks Trust has launched its first ever industry survey to gauge the likely long-term effects of the pandemic on people working in it.

Czech brewer Budweiser Budvar is joining the movement by leading beer and cider producers to cut down on plastic packaging.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has reported an 11% decrease in candidates taking a qualification in the 2019/20 academic year, a fall that it said was “completely attributable” to the impact of Covid-19.

An online resource has been launched to highlight wine professionals in the UK who are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic.

Halewood Wines & Spirits is planning to close the site of its headquarters in Huyton, Merseyside.

Another new brand is seeking to make its mark in the emerging hard seltzer market.

Philip Hammond has announced a cut in business rates for many small retailers in this afternoon's autumn Budget.

Drinkaware has become the research partner of walking football in Scotland, building on a similar deal it already has in place with Derby County in England.