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Scottish government delays mandatory calorie labelling

Published:  31 May, 2023

The Scottish government has today (31 May) announced that it will be delaying the planned implementation of mandatory calorie labelling. 


Class bar awards turn 20

Published:  25 May, 2023

On Tuesday (May 23), Class magazine announced the winners of the Class Bar Awards 2023, two decades after the first ceremony took place, celebrating the UK bar industry.


What makes a wine list? Glen Montgomery, Eòrna

Published:  25 May, 2023

In a new online series, Harpers is going back to basics with members of hospitality to find out exactly what is the secret sauce that makes a modern wine list successful.


Strong April for hospitality cancelled out by inflation

Published:  24 May, 2023

Britain’s leading managed restaurant, pub and bar groups achieved like-for-like and YOY sales growth of 6.9% in April 2023, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker reveals.


What makes a wine list? Shaun Corrigan, Pied-à-Terre

Published:  22 May, 2023

In the first of a new online series, Harpers is going back to basics with members of hospitality to find out exactly what is the secret sauce that makes a modern wine list successful.


Psychology of flavour

Published:  14 May, 2023

New research reveals the effects of mood and surroundings on the wines we taste. James Bayley reports.


Footfall rises in Scottish on-trade whilst the North of England struggles finds CGA report

Published:  05 May, 2023

Pubs, restaurants and bars in Britain’s biggest cities achieved solid year-on-year growth in the first quarter of 2023, according to the new ‘Top Cities’ report from CGA.


UKHospitality calls for temporary licensing relaxations to be made permanent

Published:  02 May, 2023

Following a public consultation, UKHospitality has called on the government to make the temporary licensing relaxations permanent. 


Restaurant takeaway sales fall for 16th month in a row in March

Published:  26 April, 2023

Delivery and takeaway sales at Britain’s top-managed restaurant groups in March were 3% below the same month in 2022, according to CGA.


UK on-trade sales up YOY for sixth successive month

Published:  24 April, 2023

Like-for-like sales at Britain’s leading managed restaurant, pub and bar groups in March were 1.4% ahead of last year’s levels, the new Coffer CGA Business Tracker shows.


Top 25 Sommeliers 2023 open for nominations

Published:  20 April, 2023

Harpers' popular Top 25 Sommeliers is back, looking to seek out and celebrate the very best in the dynamic UK on-trade drinks world.


Pressure on energy and foodservice providers to tackle ‘greedflation’

Published:  14 April, 2023

Industry leaders are calling on Ofgem to force energy suppliers to renegotiate contracts signed with hospitality businesses at the height of the supply crisis, as price inflation continues to rise – and attract criticism – at the biggest FMCG firms, including Tesco.


Wine tastes better when dining out according to Berkmann research

Published:  12 April, 2023

Berkmann Wine Cellars has partnered with psychologist professor Charles Spence to better understand the impact your surroundings have on the taste of wine.


On-trade: Creativity around the margins

Published:  07 April, 2023

When every penny counts, there are wily ways to drive drinks list sales. Chris Losh reports.


Indies: Hybrid thinking

Published:  05 April, 2023

Once billed as bricks-and-mortar retail’s salvation, an on-trade element has become a trickier proposition. James Lawrence reports.


Energy bills mount as government support reduces

Published:  31 March, 2023

A snap survey by UKHospitality reveals the staggering costs the industry faces on the eve of the new Energy Bill Discount Scheme, which will reduce government support to businesses.


Pubs, restaurants and bars grow sales in February but battle soaring costs

Published:  21 March, 2023

February sales at Britain’s leading managed restaurant, pub and bar groups were 3.9% ahead of last year on a like-for-like basis, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker has revealed.


Scots call time on ‘self-inflicted’ advertising proposals

Published:  10 March, 2023

The Scottish retail and hospitality sectors have added mounting calls to government to reassess its proposed ban on alcohol advertising, as the consultation reaches its close.


Vacancies drop but wage bills climb as hospitality tackles labour issues

Published:  09 March, 2023

Labour shortages at Britain’s top managed hospitality groups may be starting to ease, but rising wage bills are piling more pressure on some fragile businesses.


Rising consumer confidence is the blue sky we’re all looking for

Published:  08 March, 2023

Hospitality has had a rough three years. As the dust settles on Covid, we are still coming to terms with the impact of closures and restrictions which wreaked havoc on the nation’s ability to socialise, and this cut a vast swathe through industry profits. Ultimately, Covid-19 decimated sales and led to thousands of venue closures and job losses. But a new survey looking at consumer opinion offers a smidgeon of light at the end of the pandemic and cost of living tunnel.