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Club Soda festival boasts over 40 alcohol-free drinks producers

Club Soda, the mindful drinking organisation, is running its next festival on Saturday,  20th July from 11am to 5pm at Spitalfields Market in East London.

There will be 40 alcohol-free drinks producers attending - from fast-growing brands like Big Drop Brewing Co, CEDER’s and Lindeman’s Wines to new experimental drinks.

The Festival will feature Zero to 0.5% abv drinks; beers, wines, ciders, cocktails, ‘spirits’ and adult soft drinks. There will also be tasting sessions and drinks tours from producers and experts, including cocktail masterclasses in partnership with La Maison Wellness.

Consumers and members of the trade will get the chance to taste the new wave of alcohol-free drinks including beers, spirits, wines, kombuchas, shrubs, elixirs and a whole host of cocktails before soaking up the sunshine in a deck chair to enjoy live DJ sets.


200 Degrees to open second site in Birmingham

200 Degrees, the Nottingham based coffee roaster, is to open its second coffee shop in central Birmingham this August.

The opening, which will be its 10thsite, follows the success of its  Colmore Row shop in the heart of the business district which opened in 2016.  

The new 1,830 sq ft site will be located in the Victorian setting of the former Midland Hotel.  

Tom Vincent, co-founder and director at 200 Degrees, said: “Birmingham is the first location outside of Nottingham in which we’ve opened two coffee shops, and we’re very excited to contribute further to the fantastic food and drink scene across the city and be part of this area’s rapid regeneration.”


Business failing over single-use plastics

Only 29% of hospitality and leisure businesses have replaced some or all of the single-use plastics with more environmentally-friendly alternatives, such as reusable coffee cups, new research has revealed.

The stats were revealed as part of a YouGov survey of more than 1,000 senior decision makers in small and medium (SME) businesses across a range of industries, commissioned by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and BRITA UK

Only 8% of SMEs in the hospitality sector said they have used incentives such as purchase discounts to encourage customers to change their behaviour around single-use plastics.

While only half of senior decision makers (52%) said their hospitality business was doing all it can to reduce its single-use plastic waste. 

The figures highlighted low levels of action, with only 17% saying their organisation had taken steps to replace any single-use plastic in their supply chains in the past 12 months. 

When it came to their supply chains, just 6% of hospitality businesses have audited how they use single-use plastics and only 10% have selected new suppliers based on their environmental credentials in this respect.


Trade associations call for action over future of British pubs

UKHospitality has underlined to Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson the urgent need for a new Prime Minister to implement policy changes to support the future of British pubs. 

With cosignatories the BII, CAMRA, the Society of Independent Brewers, Pub is the Hub and the British Beer & Pub Association, a joint letter has outlined the need for stability in the sector. These include delivery on the Conservative manifesto commitment to reform of business rates, with interim measures to end the impact of the hugely increased costs of the property tax.


Starbucks under pressure over plant milk pricing

Starbucks in the US has come under pressure for charging more for its plant-based milks.  Over 46,000 people have sent an online letter to the chain asking for it to change its policy.

Animal-rights organisation, PETA, said: "Starbucks should be encouraging customers to choose animal-friendly, vegan milks rather than cow's milk. Many other chains—including Tim Hortons, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Noah's New York Bagels, Philz Coffee, and Costa Coffee—already offer dairy-free milk at no extra charge."


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