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Greene King gets Spirit bid extension

30 Oct 2014

Spirit Pub Company has announced that it remains in talks with Greene King regarding the terms of a possible offer for the company, but has agreed an extension for these discussions to continue to 4 November.

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Family brewers moved outside scope of statutory code

30 Oct 2014 | By Ellie Bothwell

Pub companies with fewer than 500 tied pubs will be exempt from the statutory code, Andrew Griffiths MP has told M&C Report.

WSTA honours George Osborne for duty cuts

30 Oct 2014

The Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) has formally thanked Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander for their support in abolishing the alcohol duty escalator in the 2014 Budget.

BrewDog to expand brewery

30 Oct 2014

BrewDog, the Scottish brewer and pub operator, has announced expansion plans, including a new 300hl brew-house at its headquarters in Ellon, near Aberdeen.

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Las Iguanas FY profit up 16%

30 Oct 2014

Las Iguanas, the Bowmark Capital-backed group, saw profits for the year to 31 March 2014 climb 16% to £7m, driven by an 18% growth in sales to £48.4m and the opening of six new sites.

Starbucks and Costa Coffee top in social media benchmark

30 Oct 2014

Starbucks and Costa Coffee are leading the pack in engaging with UK social media users, according to the latest Food and Beverage Social Media Benchmark from eDigitalResearch.

Spirit appoints Skelton to head up Chef & Brewer

30 Oct 2014

Spirit Pub Company has told M&C Report that Kenny Skelton, currently its head of digital and insight, will also take on the responsibility for overseeing its Chef & Brewer brand.

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Award-winning publican buys two new sites in Scotland

30 Oct 2014

The owners of an award-winning Edinburgh pub have become multiple operators with the acquisition of two pubs in Fife.

Let There Be Beer campaign kicks off new £10m marketing drive

30 Oct 2014 | By Mike Berry

A new £10m marketing drive by the pan-industry Let There Be Beer campaign kicks-off this weekend with a renewed focus on the quality, diversity and versatility of beer.

Thatchers enters managed pub market

30 Oct 2014

Somerset-based cider maker Thatchers is to make its first foray into the managed pub sector by directly running the Railway Inn, adjacent to its farm in Sandford, north Somerset.

Inside Track

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The Renaissance Man

29 Oct 2014

Tim Hulme has had a big task on his hands turning around the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), but he’s adamant that progress has been made as he targets further reform and growth for the organisation. Hulme also has bold ambitions for the pub sector as a whole.

Domino's Pizza recruits ahead of World Cup

Boxing clever

27 Oct 2014

While C&C Group and Greene King hark back to the 1980s, we look at some issues taking up space on the sidelines, including the rise of new forms of consumer engagement, the continuing impressive progress of Fuller’s and whether anyone has the appetite for consolidation in the late night sector

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Confident Neame looks to the future

24 Oct 2014

Despite capital restructure in the summer and a number of changes at boadroom level, Shepherd Neame is confident the industry is back on its feet and thriving once again.

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Master of mavericks

23 Oct 2014

People with a thirst for change are the key for Carlsberg CEO James Lousada. Robyn Black finds out more.

New category treads a fine line

22 Oct 2014 | By Kerstin Kuhn

Never happy to stand still, the restaurant industry is continually redefining itself. Kerstin Kuhn looks at the latest sub-sector to emerge – that of fast fine outlets

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