Monthly Archives: November 2014

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27 11, 2014

Research finds spirit drinkers to be the mainstays of out of home drinking

Spirit-based drinks provide excellent sales opportunities for pubs and bars - but more can be done to convert consumers into the category believes UK on-trade consultancy CGA Strategy. New research into the spirits sector by the company finds spirit drinkers to be the mainstays of out-of-home drinking there with 86% of spirits drinkers going out more than once a month compared to 67% of non-spirits drinkers. CGA’s survey also finds only 19% drinking spirits between 5pm and 7pm compared to 60% between 7pm and 9pm. This could well be a factor in lower post-work sales of spirits, it states. However restaurants seem to be an area of growth and opportunity with spirits sales growing there by 2.8% in the last year. The figure is 0.7% in ‘dry-led’ pubs by comparison. “The opportunity for operators and suppliers that emerges from the [...]

21 11, 2014

Diageo releases pie-flavoured Canadian whiskey

The Piehole range, which is recommended to be consumed as a shot, comprises three flavours of Apple Pie, Cherry Pie and Pecan Pie. Each expression has been aged between four to eight years and bottled in Canada. “Many people remember that feeling you get when you first taste Grandma’s pies fresh from the oven,” commented Kristin Markovich, senior innovation manager, whiskey. “Piehole is our way of bringing that delicious memory to consumers for any fun occasion and we hope people everywhere will open their pie holes to try these three mouth-watering flavours.” Piehole Apple Pie Canadian whisky is described as offering flavours of sweet apple pie filling, baked crust with a hint of cinnamon and clove spice, while Piehole Pecan Pie is said to taste of toasted pecans with Bourbon vanilla extract, dark brown sugar and baked pie crust. Piehole Cherry [...]

21 11, 2014

The UK moves to ‘untie’ pub trade

On Tuesday night the House of Commons unexpectedly passed a measure that would give some pubs more freedom in choosing beer suppliers. About half of Britain's 50,000 pubs are "tied" - meaning they have to buy their beer from companies that own their lease above market prices, in return for other benefits. But if it becomes law, the measure passed on Tuesday would give tied pubs the option to choose between a tied agreement and a market rent only agreement that would allow them to buy beer on the open market. UK government plans had ruled out a rent-only option, citing concerns that it could hurt companies and the industry. Goodbody analyst Liam Igoe told the Irish Independent that the measure could open up opportunities for C&C. "If in time a proportion of [tied pubs], say half of those, decide [...]

21 11, 2014

The UK moves to 'untie' pub trade

On Tuesday night the House of Commons unexpectedly passed a measure that would give some pubs more freedom in choosing beer suppliers. About half of Britain's 50,000 pubs are "tied" - meaning they have to buy their beer from companies that own their lease above market prices, in return for other benefits. But if it becomes law, the measure passed on Tuesday would give tied pubs the option to choose between a tied agreement and a market rent only agreement that would allow them to buy beer on the open market. UK government plans had ruled out a rent-only option, citing concerns that it could hurt companies and the industry. Goodbody analyst Liam Igoe told the Irish Independent that the measure could open up opportunities for C&C. "If in time a proportion of [tied pubs], say half of those, decide [...]

19 11, 2014

Landmark Dublin Pub has successfully completed refinancing agreement

Dublin city centre landmark bar and restaurant The Church has successfully completed a refinancing agreement thus returning full ownership to proprietor Brendan Flynn. The outlet has also strengthened its relationship with C&C Gleeson by signing a long-term multi-beverage agreement under which C&C Gleeson will supply the business with all of its beverage requirements including its own portfolio of brands.  The Church currently employs 70 staff and is one of Dublin’s busiest bar and restaurant emporia. With a capacity of over 1,600 people, the multi-use venue includes a bar which can accommodate 600 customers, a 120-seater restaurant and a basement-level nightclub and function rooms. The Church also has an outdoor patio area with seating for 250. Given the venue’s rich history, architecture, art and literary associations, it rapidly became a ‘must see’ for visitors to Dublin City and it’s estimated that [...]

13 11, 2014

34 Irish Pubs Praised in 2015 Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide

Thirty-four Irish pubs have been praised for their gastronomic delights, securing themselves a place on the coveted 2015 Michelin 'Eating Out In Pubs' guide. The annual guide has seen 34 establishments in 16 counties receive the nod from the highly acclaimed list, which includes seven pubs in Northern Ireland. Cork and Derry lead the way, with both counties receiving six listings, with Co Clare second with four pubs making the cut. Three establishments from Co Mayo also feature on the guide, while Galway, Kerry and Kildare have two eateries making the final list. Dublin, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath, Wexford, Antrim and Wicklow also feature with one listing each. All the pubs have previously featured in the guide and successfully retained their status. The only new entry was Billy Andy's in Co Antrim. Joe Hanway, the co-owner of Byrne and [...]

13 11, 2014

34 Irish Pubs Praised in 2015 Michelin 'Eating Out In Pubs' Guide

Thirty-four Irish pubs have been praised for their gastronomic delights, securing themselves a place on the coveted 2015 Michelin 'Eating Out In Pubs' guide. The annual guide has seen 34 establishments in 16 counties receive the nod from the highly acclaimed list, which includes seven pubs in Northern Ireland. Cork and Derry lead the way, with both counties receiving six listings, with Co Clare second with four pubs making the cut. Three establishments from Co Mayo also feature on the guide, while Galway, Kerry and Kildare have two eateries making the final list. Dublin, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath, Wexford, Antrim and Wicklow also feature with one listing each. All the pubs have previously featured in the guide and successfully retained their status. The only new entry was Billy Andy's in Co Antrim. Joe Hanway, the co-owner of Byrne and [...]

6 11, 2014

5 Tips To Create Regular Customers To Your Bar

According to QSR Magazine, loyal customers spend 67% more than new ones. With that information in mind, it’s easy to see why you should make getting regular customers a priority at your bar! But how can you turn new customers into customers who come back again and again? It’s easy—if you follow these 5 tips! 1. Get a great loyalty program. The right customer loyalty program can give your customers incentive to keep coming back. When you offer customers rewards, of course they’ll come back often! Whether you use an old-school punch card or a social media based loyalty program, these programs can turn customers into regulars. 2. Buy one, get one free offers. Here’s why buy one, get one deals work: they encourage your existing customers to bring in friends. And if those friends end up being fans of your bar? [...]