Four months ahead of from Casual Dining 2020 (25-26 March, London ExCeL) two of the show's popular drinks pavilions are already sold out. Boasting a dozen exhibitors each, the Artisan Spirits Lounge and The Taphouse will sample innovations from a mix of independent breweries and distilleries.
Making their show debut in the former are: Belgrove Rum, Faith & Sons Gin, Strawbar (eau de vie spirit distilled from organic Greek strawberries) and Tarsier Spirit (Southeast Asian dry gin). In the latter: Binary Botanical (a lightly sparkling table beer aimed at 'wine lovers'), Freestar, Lucky Saint, Orbit Beers, ShinDigger Craft Beer, Small Beer Brew Co, and The Five Points Brewing Co.
The Vineyard, a new area for 2020, has been launched to satisfy the growing demand for wine at the show. It'll boast a raft of new companies (expect sparkling wine producers to feature strongly), with The Emissary Prosecco, and its vegan friendly Doc Treviso Brut 2017, having already snapped up the first stand.
Casual Dining's event manager Eva Ellis says: "Offering a varied drinks menu - full of differentiation, innovative styles, flavours and blends, and distinctive 'brand' personality - is essential for any successful restaurant, pub and bar operator. But where do you start?
"For example, according to some of the latest industry research this year, wine is the UK's favourite alcoholic tipple, gin is the No.1 spirit, sparkling wine is booming, beer trumps wine in pubs, the premiumisation mega trend is helping drive alcohol sales, quality's up but quantity's down, all-the-while more British consumers generally are regularly choosing more low-and-no ABV options.
"That's a lot of bases for casual dining operators to cover. Fortunately, our exhibitors range from some of the world's biggest-selling beer and cider brands to some of the industry's newest start-ups - so, whatever your customers' favourite drink there's sure to be plenty to suit every taste here.".
Soft drinks - particularly premium adult offerings - are always a big category at the show. Coca-Cola European Partners, Britvic Soft Drinks, Fentimans, Nix & Kix, Karma Cola, Belvoir Fruit Farms, Dalston's, Lemonaid, Pip Organic, Batch Organics, Long Tail Mixers, Lixir Tonic and many more - will be sampling everything from craft sodas, seltzers, fruit juices and cordials, to mixers, tonics, flavoured waters and smoothie kits.
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