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Is this your year?

Welcome to a new decade, ladies and gentlemen. I think (I hope) that we were one of the first publications to use the headline ‘2020 vision’ when it came to our new year predictions, but, since last month’s edition, I’ve seen it all over the place… so let’s swiftly move on from those sorts of pun and games.

For our January 2020 issue, we’ve tried to pack in as much useful content as possible when it comes to operating, not only during the quietest month of the year, but also for the 11 months that follow it. In the build-up to Christmas, I took part in the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA)’s podcast, where I was invited to share my thoughts on the low- and no-alcohol category across the on-trade – what consumers were seeking; what operators were stocking; what sort of developments will we see throughout this year. It was a decent discussion (which can still be heard via the BBPA’s website), so we have decided to carry it on through the pages of this issue. From page 26, you can read all about the latest and greatest considerations when it comes to low and no.

There are also two other features that are key to January and planning the year ahead. First, we have a specific focus on allergens and what they mean for your menus (page 34), which is immediately followed by a look at some sustainable suppliers operating within the on-trade – turn to page 38 for that one.

However, perhaps most crucially, we have news on this year’s National Pub & Bar Awards. That’s right – by the time this magazine is posted through your letterbox, entries for the 2020 event will be open. Once again, our team are looking for the best pubs and bars in every county of the UK (that’s 94 sites in total!) in order to showcase the incredible operations that are consistently thriving and delivering best practice on a national scale. The entry process is very simple – just head to and tell us about your operation through the online form. Is this your year? We look forward to reading why you think it should be!

Tristan O’Hana - Editor