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Peter Kay Returns To TV As Face of John Smith’s

Peter Kay Returns To TV As Face of John Smith’s

Comedian Peter Kay is back as the face of John Smith's No Nonsense campaign for the first time in five years. The first of three new TV ad hit screens over the bank holiday weekend during the Liverpool v Chelsea football match and once again concentrates on Kay's matter of fact humour. In the ad, Kay's TV wife teases him about who his fantasy woman would be, offering him Kelly Brook or Tess Daly "on a plate". Kay insists there's only "one lady" in his life until his wife says "I won't get upset, it's only a game". At this point, Kay relents and admits his soft spot for "Claire, from work". Silence falls on the party as Kay's mind wanders. [...more]

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SA Brain Sees Operating Profits Slide By A Third

SA Brain Sees Operating Profits Slide By A Third

Welsh brewer's numbers hit by sale of free-trade drinks distribution business Welsh brewer SA Brain has reported turnover for 2009 down nine per cent with trading hit by the sale of its drinks distribution business. No longer selling third party products wholesale to free-trade accounts meant operating profits fell by 36 per cent to £4.7m, the result of being "impacted by disruption and carrying costs post sale of the business" to Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) last year, the brewer said. Pre-tax profits for the year to September 30, 2009, given a boost by the sale of the distribution business, were up 77.1 per cent at £10.4m. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation as a percentage of turnover rose to 14.1 per cent from 13.3 per cent. Brains, which operates more than 250 pubs across Wales, the Midlands and the West Country, said its managed pub like-for-like sales fell 1.3 per cent. Managed house food and accommodation sales rose 10 per cent and 42 per cent respectively [...more]

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Rebrand of Caffrey’s Irish Ale

Rebrand of Caffrey’s Irish Ale

Brewer Molson Coors is relaunching Caffrey's Irish Ale with a lower ABV and a collector card scheme to drive sales From 15 March the premium draught will be reduced from 4.2% ABV to 3.8% ABV. On-trade sales will be supported with a "Buy three get a free one next time you're in" collector card scheme. A new point of sale kit will be available to help promote the rebranding. [...more]

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Bombardier Supports St George’s Day

Bombardier Supports St George’s Day

Bombardier is providing UK pubs with kits in the run-up to St George's Day, supported by its biggest campaign for the brand to date. Merchandise in the kits includes bunting, pump-clip wobblers, balloons, tent cards and competitions to win VIP trips to the Great British Beer Festival. "Every year St George's Day has grown and last year our stockists sold more Bombardier in St George's Day week than ever before," said Wells & Young's marketing director Chris Lewis. "The kits are just one element of Bombardier's support to the trade for St George's Day." [...more]

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Google Earth And Facebook Bring Guinness To Life Online

Google Earth And Facebook Bring Guinness To Life Online

Guinness has built its latest digital activity around Google Earth and Facebook Connect, allowing people to join forces to win one of 50 cases of the drink. 'Guinness World' was conceived by AMV BBDO, the agency behind the brand's 'Bring it to life' TV ad, and produced by digital production company Unit 9. Users must have Google Earth, or install a plug-in. They can then begin to piece together their own planet using terrain from real-life locations such as Brazil, Nepal and Australia. However, the experience is richer if they get their friends to participate in building their planet via Facebook Connect. The more diverse their planet becomes, the more water droplets users discover. When they discover the maximum 800 droplets they unlock a golden pint and become eligible to win a case of Guinness. Paul Cornell, marketing manager at Guinness, said: "No longer can we rely on just a distinctive TV ad to generate the required level of impact, we also have to really involve and reward the consumer. The link with Google allows us to do this." [...more]

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Whitbread Sets Sights on Coffeeheaven

Whitbread Sets Sights on Coffeeheaven

LEISURE group Whitbread confirmed a potential expansion to its coffee empire as it revealed takeover talks with central European chain Coffeeheaven International. Whitbread, which owns the Costa Coffee business, said it was in "advanced discussions" over a possible cash offer. The firm said its bid would be worth 24p per Coffeeheaven share - valuing the company at pounds 32m. Costa currently has a handful of stores in Poland but these are run on a franchise basis. Whitbread also owns Premier Inn budget hotels and a pubs restaurant division. It has continued to expand its coffee chain through the recession. It added 100 new Costa shops in the six months to August 27 this year - bringing the total to nearly 1,000 in the UK and more than 400 overseas. [...more]

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Wharton Wade’s Dream Ends with Administration

Wharton Wade’s Dream Ends with Administration

TWO former drinks industry executives who were seeking to build a £50m-turnover distribution business have seen the venture collapse into administration. Dale Wharton, a former managing director at drinks importer Halewood International, and Derek Wade, previously head of the Boddington Pub Company, established the Manchester-based wholesaler Wharton Wade Wines in 2007 and bought 95-year-old distributor John Stephenson & Sons (Nelson) a year ago. [...more]

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Fuller – Smith – Turner Reports £15.1m Half-year Profits

Fuller – Smith – Turner Reports £15.1m Half-year Profits

Fuller, Smith and Turner has reported profit before tax of £15.1 million in its results for the first half of the financial year. This is a 26 per cent increase on the same period last year (£12 million). According to the report, the Fuller's Beer Company continues to outperform the UK beer market with a three per cent increase in own beer volumes being responsible for a revenue growth of nine per cent to £49.4 million. [...more]

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A brand-new Cooper Joins Family Brewery

A brand-new Cooper Joins Family Brewery

Rachel Cooper-Casserly has accepted a position in the marketing department and will report directly to her father, chairman and marketing director Glenn Cooper. Ms Cooper-Casserly, who has previously worked with Tourism SA, kwp! and Delfin Lend Lease, said she was delighted to be working with the family company, founded in 1862 by former stonemason, Thomas Cooper. "As a Cooper, it is understood that you have to establish yourself away from the brewery and may later be invited to join,'' she said. "I am the oldest of the next generation and I would like to see quite a few more get the opportunity to eventually oversee the future of the company.'' [...more]

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Batemans follows Everards in micro-brewer trial

Batemans follows Everards in micro-brewer trial

Everards launched Project William a few years ago, a scheme that allows micro-brewers to sell their own cask beer at Everards pubs outside of the company's heartland. The scheme has proved to be a big success with micro-brewers such as Stoke's Titanic Brewery proving to be high quality tenants who are able to earn better-than-normal margin by selling their own beers - Everards asks for a degree of presence on the bar. Now Bateman's is to trial a similar scheme at its Leopold pub in Norwich. Bateman profit partnership director Rob Joes said: "This is not a new idea from us - we know some of the micro-brewers that have worked with Everards and visited their pubs. "It's arguable that our brands don't have quite the same credibility in Norwich as they have in Lincolnshire so why not team-up with a local micro-brewer and give them the flexibility and platform they need to sell their beers." [...more]

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UK: Assistant Manager

UK: Assistant Manager

Greene King has operated pubs and brewing for over 200 years. Combining successful traditional ale brands with modern forward thinking, Greene King has grown steadily from its base in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk to become a leading pub retailer and brewer. This is the managed house division of Greene King, which encompasses both Old English Inns and Hungry Horse. It's now the third-fastest-growing managed pub business in the UK. [...more]

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UK: Merlin inspires Brains seasonal Beer

UK: Merlin inspires Brains seasonal Beer

The brewer is hoping the new brew will be available beyond the Welsh boarders with national customers such as Coors, Waverley and Halls taking it on as a guest ale. The 4.3% abv ale is said to be well-rounded with a rich autumnal hue, warm oats, honey and nutty flavours. [...more]

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