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Essentially Catering Magazine - August 2019

        Industry News

        Cooler June was good for

        restaurant groups

        June was a better month for eating and drinking out across Britain – although pub and restaurant operators
        experienced widely contrasting fortunes, according to latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.
          Collective like-for-like sales across the combined managed pub and restaurant market, which the Tracker measures, were
        up 1.4% against June last year. But while pubs and bars saw a 1.2% decline in like-for-like trading, restaurant groups were
        collectively up 6.1%.
          “And it’s all down to football and the weather,” said
        Karl Chessell, director of CGA, the business insight
        consultancy that produces the Tracker, in partnership
        with Coffer Group and RSM.
          “Last June, pub and bar groups saw sales jump
        2.8%, largely thanks to the mini-heatwave at home and
        England’s good showing in the men’s football World
        Cup, while restaurants suffered a 1.8% decline. This
        June the roles have been reversed, with more sedate
        conditions favouring eating rather than drinking out,”
        said Chessell.
          The Coffer Peach Tracker industry sales monitor
        for the UK pub, bar and restaurant sector collects and
        analyses performance data from 52 operating groups,
        with a combined turnover of over £9bn.
        It’s official: gin is hot stuff

        Gin was mentioned every four seconds on social media around the world in the last 12 months, more than British icon
        David Beckham, Hollywood actor and philanthropist George Clooney, and iconic globe-trotting naturalist Sir David
        Attenborough, according to research by premium gin brand, Whitley Neill.
          Tagged 8.4 million times globally on twitter in the last year, 38% of gin mentions came from the UK, followed by the USA
        (24%), South Africa (6%), Philippines (4%) and Canada (3%).
          The UK in particular has seen a huge rise in the popularity of gin, or a “ginaissance”, in recent years with a record-breaking
        73 million bottles of the juniper-based drink sold in 2018. Sales of flavoured gin drove more than half of this growth, up an
        impressive 751% year on year, according to figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

                                                                         The top five spirits talked about on
                                                                         twitter in the UK:

                                                                         1  Gin (1.5 million mentions)
                                                                         2  Vodka (460,000 mentions)
                                                                         3  Rum (370,000 mentions)

                                                                         4  Tequila (159,000 mentions)
                                                                         5  Brandy (92,000 mentions)

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