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Peter Martin: How to make friends, and influence the right people

The prime minister is safely back in Downing Street, and there are more signs of life in the out-of-home market as the likes of Burger King, Pret a Manger and KFC take tentative steps to reopen sites.But for much of the hospitality and leisure sector, the outlook remains uncertain and confusing. Last week’s pronouncement by chief medical officer Chris Whitty that “disruptive” social distancing is likely to be a feature of day-to-day life even until the end of the year, did nothing to calm the nerves of an already under pressure industry. Read what Peter Martin thinks about the latest news around COVID-19.
     

The return of the cocktail cabinet

Drinking-in is now the norm in lockdown Britain, with the public increasingly looking to replicate the pub and bar experience in their kitchens and front rooms. New research from CGA shows that this is leading to significantly more people making cocktails and mixed drinks at home.The cocktail boom has been one of the on-trade’s success stories of recent years, with a 10% increase in sales value in 2019 alone. Over 10 million regularly drink cocktails when out, a habit now moving to the domestic environment.
     

Take-out and delivery: one bright spot in a devastated US market

The US restaurant industry has now lost two-thirds of its workforce, more than eight million employees, as a result of COVID-19 closures, according to latest data from the National Restaurant Association.It reported that more than 60% of restaurant owners believed that existing federal relief programs would not enable them to keep their teams on payroll during the downturn. It said that nationally restaurants had lost $30 billion in March, and were on track to lose $50 billion in April, and estimated that COVID-19-related loss would be more than $240 billion by the end of the year.
     

Lockdown Britain reaching for the wine bottle

Wine drinking is getting a boost from the COVID-19 crisis, with new research showing that well over half of wine drinkers are either maintaining or increasing the number of times they drink wine.The latest CGA-Buyer Wine Insights Bulletin also finds that of those drinking wine more often, the key drinkers are younger and male, which is a significantly different profile to the typical on-trade wine customer.
     

CPL Learning launches Cellar to Glass digital learning programme

CPL Learning launched its brand-new Cellar to Glass digital learning programme, developed using the expertise of Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith. It provides a comprehensive guide to implementing best practices in the cellar, behind the bar and ensuring that premises are in pristine condition. Delivered in seven bitesize sections the programme has been designed to provide learners with the freedom to explore the content in a way most suited to them. With practical video demonstrations of cellar and bar related tasks, this learning activity is an encyclopaedia of cellar to glass practices.
     

Peter Martin: Speculation and confusion, but still no government plan

So when will business – and pubs, bars and restaurant in particular – be able to open up again? It’s the question more people are beginning to ask, and the issue that has consumed much of this weekend’s media.The short answer seems to be ‘no time soon’. The press has been full of speculation, not to say confusion, about the Government’s supposed ‘three-point plan’ to start-up the economy, with talk of traffic-light systems, schools the first to open their doors as early as May 11, and even hope for the eating-out market.Then came Sunday morning, and senior cabinet member Michael Gove appearing on the Andrew Marr Show to put a dampener on everything. Read what Peter Martin says on the latest news around COVID-19.
     

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