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Food is being seen as a 'lifeline' for many pubs despite the costs involved according to the ALMR

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Food dubbed 'lifeline' for pubs despite higher operating costs

By Emma Eversham

Food is being dubbed a 'lifeline' for many pubs, despite the operating costs involved in serving food being 7 per cent higher than they are in wet-led pubs, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) reports.

This is the fifth annual Cask Report and the fourth year in which cask has outperformed the on-trade beer market

Cask ale ‘helping pubs to survive’

By Luke Nicholls

Cask ale drinkers are twice as likely to visit the pub as non-cask drinkers, spend more when they’re there and, most importantly, can’t switch to the supermarket to purchase their favourite drink.

Italian restaurant outlets have seen healthy growth of four per cent during 2011

Italian food is nation’s favourite

By Luke Nicholls

Italian cuisine is ranked as the nation’s favourite when dining out, while traditional British food still tops the menu for home cooking, according to the How Britain Eats 2011 Report.

some industry insiders predict rates could jump as high as 50 per cent for next year's Olympics

Hotel prices could rise by up to 50% for Olympics, report shows

By Luke Nicholls

A new report has revealed that major sporting events in the first half of this year led to average hotel price increases of nearly 30 per cent, lending weight to predictions that even larger price hikes are due for next year’s Olympics.

The BBPA says the figures are certain to add to calls for a rethink on the huge tax hikes being planned for the next UK Budget

British beer drinkers pay 40% of European Beer Tax bill

By Luke Nicholls

Britain’s beer drinkers are paying a staggering 40 per cent of the entire European Beer Tax bill, according to a new report from global accountancy firm Ernst & Young, commissioned by the European brewing industry.

Richoux is currently trialling four Villagio restaurants

Richoux makes pre-tax loss for first half of 2011

By Becky Paskin

Richoux Group, the operator of Richoux, Dean’s Diner and Zippers restaurants, has recorded a pre-tax loss of £2.6m for the first half of the year, despite making a profit of £440k for the same period in 2010.

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