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Essentially Catering Magazine - March 2019

        Industry News

        Get your thinking caps

        on for the Big Fat Quiz

        Industry charity Hospitality Action has announced the latest instalment of its
        annual Big Fat Quiz with categories including music, sport and entertainment.
        Hosted by 90s’ icon Pat Sharp, over 500 attendees will compete for the 2019 title on
        Monday 20 May at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
          The evening - which raised £85,000 last year - will also see Brian Turner CBE chairing the live auction.
        As ever, funds raised by the event will go towards helping those most in need across the hospitality industry.
          Tickets are £140 each or £1300 for a table of 10.For more information either phone 020 3004 5504,
        email, or visit

          2018 brings in record beer sales

          Sales of beer in 2018 were up 2.6% on 2017, according to the latest Beer Barometer sales data from the British
          Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). The increase marks the biggest year-on-year sales growth of beer in 45 years.
            In the off trade, full year 2018 sales of beer increased by 4.7% on full year 2017 sales. In the on trade, full year 2018
          sales of beer increased by 0.1% on full year 2017 sales.
            Despite a difficult start to 2018 for the beer and pub sector, with total sales of beer in Q1 2018
          down by 1.7% on the same period in 2017, consistent growth in Q2 (up 3.6% on Q2 2017), Q3 (up
          4.4% on Q3 2017) and Q4 (up 3.1% on Q4 2017) meant it was a record year for beer sales.
            Increased beer sales in Q2 and Q3 2018 were driven by the success of England at the World
          Cup, which saw the national team reach the semi-finals of the tournament, driving footfall in
          pubs where fans watched the games.
            Increased beer sales in Q2 and Q3 2018 were also driven in part by good weather, which
          encouraged people to get out and visit their local, making full use of the pub garden.
            Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of BBPA, said: “2018 was a good year for beer and pubs.
          Considering the heavy cost burdens the industry faces from high beer duty, business rates and
          rising costs in general, it’s great to see beer sales doing the best they have for some years.
            “The Chancellor’s decision in the 2018 Autumn Budget to freeze beer tax appears to have had
          an immediate impact, with sales of beer in pubs growing in the last quarter of 2018 by 2.2%. This
          shows just how important reducing the beer tax burden is to boosting sales of beer and helping
          pubs with their footfall.
            “As the UK’s alcoholic drink of choice, which continues to have a much bigger, positive impact on
          the UK economy than any other drink, it is important that beer continues to do well and that the
          Chancellor continues to support pubs.”

        Callout for rising bread stars

        The Tiptree World Bread Awards are open for entries from the
        gamut of the UK’s bakers, be they professional or amateur.
        The 17 different categories range from Sourdough to Wholegrain,
        Ciabatta and Gluten Free.
          Deadline for entries is 4 September 2019. For more information

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