9,930 licensed premises lost in UK last year

The coronavirus pandemic led to the permanent closure of 9,930 licensed premises last year, according to a recent report from CGA and AlixPartners.

The big interview: António Rios de Amorim

Despite having had a stormy 2020 due to wine sales being down, Portuguese cork producer Amorim was determined to fulfil a promise – to eradicate TCA. António Rios de Amorim tells Patrick Schmitt MW about achieving that aim.

Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites

This week in restaurant news: a petition to create a minister for hospitality will be debated in January, MasterChef: The Professionals crowns its 2020 champion, and London's Roganic will relocate in the new year. 

db exclusive: The world’s biggest cork producer announces TCA breakthrough

The drinks business can exclusively reveal that the world’s biggest cork producer, Amorim, has delivered on a promise made 18 months ago to eliminate detectable TCA* for every cork it makes – which amounts to more than 5.5 billion stoppers annually.

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