In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Quarter of UK pubs ‘not sustainable’ beyond next March, BBPA warns
A quarter of UK pubs could fold by April next year the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has warned, as around 25% of its members reported that their business was “not sustainable” beyond the end of the financial year.
Matthew Clark launches new app for businesses hit by Covid-19
On-trade supplier Matthew Clark has launched a new app that will allow pubs, restaurants and bars to deliver orders and offer click and collect services without any up-front costs.
Carluccio’s collapses with potentially 2,000 job losses
UK high street Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s, founded by the late Antonio Carluccio, has collapsed into administration, putting around 2,000 jobs at risk.
London wine shop expands with fourth shop and bar
London wine shop, The Good Wine Shop, is set to open its fourth site, a shop and wine bar in Teddington later this month.
Bodega Argento launches ‘pioneering’ organic single vineyard wine
Bodega Argento, one of Argentina’s largest organic producers, has extended its range with the launch of a ‘pioneering’ organic single vineyard Malbec, targeting the UK on-trade and independent retail market.
Decision to deny visas for low skilled workers creates ‘huge challenge’ for UK on-trade
The UK government’s decision to deny visas to low-skilled workers is set to create a “huge challenge” to the UK’s pub, bar and restaurant sector, the drinks trade has warned.
Christmas retail roundup: Christmas booze sales push Lidl into double digits
Alcohol helped to push Lidl’s sales into double digit growth, the retailer has reported, with beer, wine and spirits up 13%, its highest growth recorded in the category.
Naked Wines: Christmas boost and Gormley steps down
CEO Rowan Gormley has stepped down at Naked Wines as the online wine subscription service reported Christmas sales in line with expectations.
Amazon quietly rolls out an own brand wine range
Ecommerce giant Amazon has quietly rolled out an own brand range of “affordable” wines, called Compass Road, which launched onto the German market earlier this month.
WSET announces three-year partnership with The Wine Show
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is to become the official wine education partner for Amazon Prime’s popular TV show, The Wine Show, as part of a new three-year deal.
Producers stand by Oddbins as Domaine Paul Mas adds new sku
Domaine Paul Mas has launched a new sku into beleaguered UK wine retailer Oddbins, demonstrating the support that producers have for the specialist retailer that is currently operating under administrators.