Poor weather has slowed down the start of the barbecue season and spoiled the Brahma-sponsored National BBQ Week at the end of May, but we remain hopeful of a good summer to promote our wide offering of food and accessories. At least the fish and chip boys are happy.
The introduction of duty stamps on all spirits above 30% abv released into the market from October 1 surely heralds the end of the grey market and bootlegging of spirits and liqueurs into both on and off trades. While it is OK to sell un-stamped product, sellers will be required to prove the legitimacy of this stock if challenged, so maintaining a record of purchases is essential. The sooner we can dispose of old stock the better.
Discussion with colleagues suggests we can expect wide-scale World Cup absenteeism throughout June. There are plenty of jollies to Germany from both food and drink suppliers with return tickets guaranteed to get buyers back in time for Wimbledon, Henley and the Cricket. It’s a jolly world alright.