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Following the facts

25/04/14


I don’t know if you would have noticed it but there was an excellent article published in The Sun at the end of March; ‘Will your loaf leave you brown bread?’ The article itself delivered a fascinating insight into the consumption of wholemeal bread as a cause of dementia, breast cancer, headaches, stroke, diabetes, bloating, kidney cancer and loss in libido!

Alcohol policy. Moving beyond the evidence-base...?

11/04/14


A number of recent reports, conferences and proposals have questioned whether in a desire to ‘do more’ and ‘go further’ to foster the culture of responsible drinking in the UK that we all aspire to, we are moving well beyond what is rational, evidence-based policies. This ultimately risks being counter-productive and damaging.

Three Red Lions on a Shirt – pubs celebrate World Cup boost

04/04/14


The trade was celebrating this week, as the Government announced the results of the [recent consultation] (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/world-cup-licensing-hours) into extending licensing hours for England’s World Cup matches.

Pub chefs of the future

03/04/14


I was privileged to attend the finals of the Nestle Toque d'Or competition for young chefs and front of house staff from colleges around the UK.

Media reports regarding beer's sugar content

02/04/14


There has been considerable focus on the sugar content of food and drink in the national media of late, and in particular some misleading reports have been published, claiming to highlight the ‘hidden’ sugars within alcoholic beverages, including beer. Much of this focus appears to be on the apparent addition of sugar to beer by brewers and, in the case of one report challenged by the BBPA in February, the ridiculous suggestion that a pint of ale contains nine teaspoons or 45g of sugar!