Hillebrand responds to Covid-19 with daily transport update

In response to the unfolding coronavirus situation, Hillebrand is giving daily online updates of global logistics, including restrictions, at 17:00 CET.

Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites

With restaurants and bars closed to diners, we’ve rounded up some ways in which businesses are continuing to operate in the most challenging of circumstances.

Symington: ‘We are determined that no one will lose their jobs’

Rob Symington tells db how Portugal’s Symington Family Estates is taking special measures to produce Port during the Covid-19 crisis, and was determined to retain all its employees. 

Hospitality shifts down 76% due to coronavirus

The number of shifts currently available to workers in the UK hospitality industry has fallen by 76% compared to last month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Campari withdraws 2020 sales predictions due to coronavirus

Davide Campari-Milano, has withdrawn the guidance it issued in mid February about its performance for the present financial year.

Remembering Champagne Pol Roger’s Chantal Varenard de Billy: 1932 -2020

Champagne Pol Roger family member Chantal Varenard de Billy has died at the age of 87 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s and eventually succumbing to the Covid-19 virus.

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks: The Libertines’ Carl Barât partners with Kraken Rum on a new storytelling series; merchants and distilleries turn to social media to deliver expert masterclasses; and Ryan Reynolds pledges support for the hospitality industry.

Czech brewers need drinkers for 1.3m pints

Brewers in the Czech Republic are stepping up production of beer in cans and bottles rather than keg as the country’s pubs close while also warning close to 1.3 million pints worth of fresh lager will go “off” unless it is drunk soon.

Best wine-related exercises and crafts to get through lockdown

With around 20% of the global population in lockdown, now is the time to round-up the best exercises and crafts you can do at home with a wine bottle.

New York chef Floyd Cardoz dies from coronavirus

Pioneering New York-based chef Floyd Cardoz, who introduced the Big Apple to Indian fine dining, has died at the age of 59 from the coronavirus.

Viticultural work listed as ‘essential’ in South Africa

South African wineries will be allowed to finish the 2020 harvest and work in their cellars after winemaking processes were deemed “essential” right before a lockdown came into effect in the country.

Despite lockdown in France, Gabriel Meffre launches rosé primed for summer

Rhône Valley winery Gabriel Meffre has launched a range of brightly-coloured rosé bottle in time for summer sales.

Bacardi ramps up hand sanitiser production

Spirits maker Bacardi has ramped up its hand sanitiser production in the fight against coronavirus.

Former Molson Coors CEO joins low ABV brewer Big Drop

Mark Hunter, the former chief executive of American beer giant Molson Coors, has joined Suffolk-based low ABV ‘craft’ brewery Big Drop Brewing.

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