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Paula Lindenberg, AB INBev

Lindenberg to head AB InBev UK

13 Aug 2018

AB InBev has announced that Paula Lindenberg is to replace Jason Warner as its head of North Europe.

Drinking pints

BBPA in talks over new source of Co2

13 Aug 2018

The British Beer & Pub Association is in talks with energy form, Drax, about the prospect of bolstering Co2 stocks after this summer’s shortage.

Peroni

Asahi launches delivery service

07 Aug 2018

Asahi has launched an online delivery service centred around its Peroni brand, offering alcohol and antipasti for home delivery.

Utopian Brewing partners with Hop Stuff

03 Aug 2018

Utopian Brewing, the Steve Cox-chaired group, is to start production after agreeing a contract brewing partnership with Hop Stuff.

Funkin

AG Barr H1 revenue up 5%

01 Aug 2018

Soft drinks and mixers supplier, AG Barr, has reported a 5% increase in revenue for the 26 weeks to 28 July, to c£136m.

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Deliveroo calls for business rates overhaul

01 Aug 2018

Deliveroo has issued its own call to the Government to simplify the business rates system, and produced new data showing that 41,000 restaurants across England will hand over £1.5bn in business rates in just two years.

Just Eat

Just Eat UK orders up 20% in H1

31 Jul 2018

Just Eat, the online delivery platform, saw orders grow 20% in the UK in the six months to 30 June, to 59.3 million.

Based on new global research into drinking attitudes of millennial consumers, the brewing giant has launched a new ‘Enjoy Heineken Responsibly’ campaign

Heineken UK volumes up double digit in H1

30 Jul 2018

Heineken has reported double digit volume growth in the UK for the first half of 2018.

Diageo

Diageo reports 4% FY revenue growth in Europe

26 Jul 2018

Diageo saw net sales in Europe grow by 4% in the year to 30 June, with the UK among the growth drivers with an increase of 8%.

Bud Light

AB InBev sees double digit UK H1 growth

26 Jul 2018

AB InBev has reported double-digit revenue growth in the UK for the first half of the year, as the World Cup and warm weather boosted premium beers sales.

Just Eat ketchup

Just Eat trials compostable seaweed sachets

24 Jul 2018

Just Eat is trailing seaweed-based sauce sachets to reduce its use of plastics in the takeaway sector. 

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Ozone Coffee acquires Has Bean

19 Jul 2018

Ozone Coffee, the coffee shop operator and roaster, has acquired Has Bean, a coffee wholesaler.

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Pho partners with Feed it Back

12 Jul 2018

Vietnamese restaurant chain Pho has partnered with customer feedback specialists Feed it Back, in order to gather insight on the customer experience as it looks to expand the business.

Brigid Simmonds of the BBPA

PPL proposes 480% fee hike

05 Jul 2018

Proposals by PPL to increase fees for playing music in hospitality venues by 480% have been described as “eye-watering”.

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Itsu and EAT sign up to gamified training with Attensi

04 Jul 2018

Itsu and EAT have both signed up Attensi to run gamified simulation-based training schemes for their staff.

KFC

KFC hit with fresh delivery delays

03 Jul 2018

KFC has been hit by fresh supply chain problems five months after a botched switch of logistics providers led to the temporary closure of hundreds of restaurants and reduced menus across the UK.

Drinking pints

Booker rations drinks sales due to Co2 issue

27 Jun 2018

Wholesaler Booker has said it is rationing drinks sales because the Europe-wide shortage of Co2.

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Bidvest renamed Best Food Logistics

27 Jun 2018

Wholesaler Bidvest Logistics has rebranded as Best Food Logistics.

Plastic straws

SRA launches guide to plastic alternatives

25 Jun 2018

The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has launched a guide to help foodservice businesses find the best available alternatives to single-use plastics.

Beavertown

Beavertown confirms Heineken investment

21 Jun 2018

Beavertown Brewery founder Logan Plant has confirmed the sale of a minority stake to Heineken, as reported by MCA last month.

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