There are celebrations galore in this issue of Drinks Industry Ireland as we shine a light on the winners of the Irish Pub Awards and also the winners of The Irish Whiskey Awards. Alongside this, we focus on the stout market which is having something of a resurgence.
Also Pat Nolan speaks to Dr Deirdre Curran and Dr Mary Farrell about their mission to support employees in the hospitality industry in order to increase staff retention. Additionally the LVA’s ‘Cost of Doing Business Survey’ shows how February’s return of the 13.5% VAT rate will impose additional inflation at a time when widespread costs are accumulating across the sector. And finally, we feature Lisney’s property report featuring all the high profile pub sales of the past year.