Essential part of life: research shows consumers prioritise support for on-trade despite economic pressures (Credit: Getty/SolStock)

Consumers prioritise support for pubs

By Rebecca Weller

Almost two thirds of consumers believe pubs play a vital role in their local community and continue to prioritise on-trade visits despite economic pressures.

Drinks Tracker: economic challenges continue to damage drinks sales (Credit: Getty/DGLimages)

Economic climate slows drinks sales growth

By Rebecca Weller

Managed venues closed February with further year-on-year drops in drinks sales as “shifting dynamics” make growth more “challenging”, particularly for the spirits category.

Positive year for beer: CGA shares key trends for 2024 (Credit: Getty/Ridofranz)

Beer trends to make 2024 a 'positive year'

By Rebecca Weller

Beer sales by value are outpacing sales by volume but pubs are driving growth for the category, with key trends set to make 2024 a “positive year for beer” in the on-trade.

Difficult trading conditions: drinks sales down for fourth consecutive week (Credit: Getty/miodrag ignjatovic)

Drinks sales down for fourth consecutive week

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs and bars have dropped year-on-year for a fourth successive week, with train strikes adding to the challenges facing operators.

Difficult month: drinks sales close January 8% down on 2023 (Credit:Getty/SolStock)

January drinks sales finish 8% down on 2023

By Rebecca Weller

Britain’s pubs and bars closed a difficult January with a third successive week of negative year-on-year sales, data from CGA by NIQ has revealed.

Shifting occasions: spirits category presents growth opportunities despite tough year in 2023 (Credit: Getty/5PH)

Sales boosting trends for spirits in 2024

By Rebecca Weller

The spirits category faced a “challenging year” in 2023 but still presents plenty of growth opportunities, according to the latest CGA by NIQ On-Premise Measurement Service.

Remain alert: new border checks could 'put momentum back into inflation' (Credit: Getty/Photo_Concepts)

New border checks risk fuelling food inflation

By Rebecca Weller

New border checks could cause disruptions to supply chains and push foodservice price inflation, the latest Foodservice Price Index (FPI) from CGA and Prestige Purchasing has warned.

Cautiously optimistic: drinks sales up 7% in final fortnight of 2023 (Credit: Getty/	zeljkosantrac)

Drinks sales up 7% during last two weeks of 2023

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales were up 7% year-on-year during the final fortnight of 2023, indicating “positive trends” for 2024 despite continued “difficult trading conditions”, according to CGA.

Daily Drinks Tracker: sales remain flat ahead of Xmas (Credit: Getty/Wavebreakmedia)

Drinks sales flat ahead of Xmas period

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales were 0.5% up compared to 2022 levels in the week to Saturday 18 November, remaining virtually flat ahead of the crucial run-in to Christmas for operators and suppliers.

On-trade boost: sales of cider rose the most year-on-year last week (credit: Getty/ViewApart)

Weather and sport boost weekly drink sales

By Gary Lloyd

Drinks sales in the on-trade rose by 3% in the week to last Saturday (14 October) with the Rugby World Cup and good weather cited as the key drivers.

Staffing fears: industry workers may be thinking about a different career but job satisfaction levels have risen (credit: Getty/Charday Penn)

Career change considered by 42% of industry staff

By Gary Lloyd

More than two in five workers in the hospitality sector are considering a career outside the industry despite job satisfaction levels increasing ‘significantly’ during the past 12 months.

Daily Drinks Tracker: drinks sales up 3.8% six months to September 2023 (Credit: Getty/	bogdankosanovic)

Drinks sales up 3.8% but real-terms growth 'hard-won'

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in the on-trade were up 3.8% overall during the last six months, though inflation, rail strikes and soaring costs make real terms growth "hard-won", CGA data has revealed.

Huge restraint: value of beer sales in the on-trade increasing at a higher rate than volume (Credit: Getty/Jack Andersen)


Value of beer sales in pubs higher than volume

By Rebecca Weller

Beer sales in pubs have seen a marginal increase in volume compared with a higher turnover in value over the last 12 months, demonstrating “huge restraint” from pubs in the face of "outrageous" rising costs.

Daily Drinks Tracker: sales in managed venues 7% ahead of 2022 in week to Saturday 16 September (Credit: Getty/Royalty-free)

Drinks sales up but real-terms growth 'hard won'

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in managed venues were ahead of 2022 levels for the fifth week in a row in the seven days to Saturday 16 September though real-terms growth will continue to be “hard won”.

Drinks Recovery Tracker: drinks sales in decline for second week in a row but wine sales up (Credit: Getty/SolStock)

Drinks sales in decline for second consecutive week

By Rebecca Weller

Wine sales saw a surge as the weather cooled despite drinks sales in the on-trade falling year-on-year for a second week in a row, the latest Drinks Recovery Tracker from CGA by NIQ has revealed.

Modest week: drinks sales dip below 2022 levels after 11 consecutive weeks of growth (Credit: Getty/Peter Cade)

Drinks sales in decline as weather cools

By Rebecca Weller

After an 11-week stretch of year-on-year growth, drinks sales in the on-trade dropped below 2022 levels in the week to Saturday 15 July.

Threat to post-pandemic recovery: 50% of businesses concerned about food costs (Credit: Getty/andresr)

Business confidence hit by food cost concerns

By Rebecca Weller

Half of senior-level operators have expressed concern over the sector’s post-pandemic recovery due to rising food and drink prices, new data from CGA by NIQ and Fourth has revealed.