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Anna Sebastian on leaving Artesian and her new drinks role

Anna Sebastian has joined hard seltzer company Served as head of brand, following her departure from Artesian at the Langham last month, CLASS can exclusively reveal. 

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Debt arbitration set to follow lease forfeiture moratorium extension

The government is to extend the lease forfeiture moratorium, preventing landlords from evicting commercial tenants until March 2022, the treasury has confirmed. 

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The trade reacts to restriction easing delay

Yesterday's government decision to delay the planned easing of Covid restrictions in England by four weeks (until July 19) has been met with disappointment by the bar trade.

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Delays to easing of restrictions could cost hospitality £3bn

UKHospitality says the expected month-long delay to the easing of restrictions in England (currently scheduled for June 21) could cost the sector as much as £3bn in lost sales and around 300,000 jobs.

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New Ardgowan Distillery to make 1m litres of single malt

Ardgowan Distillery has announced work will begin this year on its new distillery following an £8.4 million equity investment.

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Cheers announces an in-person trade show for September 2021

The Liana Collection and Jim Tonic have announced Cheers a not-for-profit trade show for independent and sustainable drinks producers in support of The Drinks Trust.

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Ellie Goulding acquires stake in seltzer brand Served

Singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding has acquired a “significant stake” in the British hard seltzer brand Served.

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This is the best-selling spirit in the world

Jinro has made it 20 years at the top of The Millionaires’ Club, Drinks International’s yearly roundup of the spirits brands that have sold more than a million 9-litre cases worldwide.

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Business leaders voice post-furlough productivity concerns

Business leaders are concerned about drops in staff productivity, according to the latest Business Confidence Survey from CGA and Fourth.

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A quarter of Britain's licensed premises still to reopen

One in four (23.7%) of Britain’s restaurants, pubs, bars and other licensed premises have yet to reopen despite the return of inside service, new research from CGA and AlixPartners reveals.

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Chamber of Commerce calls for staffing support

The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce is calling for further support for the hospitality industry following the impact of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, which has left the sector short on skilled staff.

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LCW announces July 'warm-up festival'

London Cocktail Week has announced a one-off 'warm-up festival', taking place 5-11 July 2021.

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The Nomad's first international outpost opens in London

The Nomad – the US’ pre-eminent food and beverage hotel - has opened in London, four years after taking the keys to its Covent Garden site.

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Schofield brothers to launch second Manchester venue

Joe and Daniel Schofield will open the ‘European drinkery’ Atomeca tomorrow (Friday 21 May), just two days after the indoor opening of Schofield’s Bar.

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Ron de Jeremy rebranded as Hell Or High Water rum

One Eyed Spirits has replaced ex-porn star Ron Jeremy as the face of its rum, rebranding to Hell or High Water.

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CLASS Spring Edition launches

 CLASS magazine returns this spring to coincide with the indoor opening of bars in the UK

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Former Nomad bars director McCarley-O’Neill joins Claridge's

Nathan McCarley-O’Neill has been appointed director of mixology of Claridge’s in London.

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Edrington and Beam Suntory end UK joint-venture

Edrington and Beam Suntory have reached an agreement to end their joint-venture distribution businesses after more than a decade of partnership.

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Aske and Stephenson tame the Dragons

Thomas Aske and Tristan Stephenson of Black Rock bars have secured investment from three ‘Dragons’ from the BBC’s Dragon’s Den for their subscription whisky club, Whisky Me.

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Space-ageing: a fine-wine folly or the final frontier?

A bottle of Pétrus 2000, which has spent 14 months aboard the International Space Station is expected to fetch $1million (£720,000) at Christie’s.

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Sage report analysis: is hospitality a transmission centre for Covid?

A report published by The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has drawn conflicting conclusions as to whether pubs and bars act as transmission centres for Covid-19.

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Simon Thompson to open World Heritage site (sports) bar

Present Company owner Simon Thompson will launch a bar in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Albert Docks in Liverpool this summer, CLASS can exclusively reveal.

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High court rules against bringing forward indoor hospitality reopenings

Hospitality bosses have lost a legal challenge that would force the UK government to bring forward the reopening date for indoor hospitality in England.

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In-venue testing holds the key, says leading doctor

Rapid testing in hospitality venues could avoid the introduction of vaccine passports, while still allaying a potential rise in Covid infections when indoor service returns, according to a leading doctor.

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Cocktails in the City returns to London

Cocktails in the City will return to London this summer, with a series of three weekend events across June, July and August.

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Tequila trailblazer Tomas Estes passes

Tomas Estes, one of the drinks industry's most loved and respected figures, has passed away peacefully at his home in Oregan. 

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The UK’s first ‘alcohol-free agave spirit-infused beer’ launches

Mockingbird Spirit and Fortitude Drinks have collaborated to launch Esmeralda, the UK’s first alcohol-free beer infused with an alcohol-free tequila-style spirit.

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The best of the best from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. We finish this series with the best of the best, including the BBA's 2021 Supreme Champion. 

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The best of the rest from the BBAs

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is CLASS’ annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. Our penultimate article of the series rounds up the highlights of the smaller categories in this year's BBAs.

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The best non-abvs from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is CLASS’ annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. The fast-growing category of non-abv aperitifs, spirits and wines is next.