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It is not the first time this year a food chain not automatically associated with selling alcohol has announced plans to expand into the UK alcohol industry is reportedly worth £39 billion in sales a year. Starbucks became the first to open in February this year, when they opened “Starbucks evenings” was at Stanstead airport, with the evening menu and alcoholic beverages available from 4pm. The firm says it will then look at rolling out the programme to other stores.
In the last few days CPL Foods Limited the umbrella company who own Burger King, based in Ipswich, UK has announced that it plans to sell alcohol at its Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK restaurant.
This is not the first time Burger King has sold alcohol in Europe as it already serves alcohol at a number of its restaurants in the rest of Europe. Burger King already sells alcohol in some parts of the US, Singapore, Venezuela and Spain through its higher-end, “fast-casual” Whopper Bars. Spain in particular released Whopper wine earlier this year, the limited edition red wine is actually a salute to the burger giant’s Spanish heritage. When they opened their first location in the Spain in 1975.
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The burger chain initially applied for a licence allowing them to serve alcohol seven days a week from 10am to 11pm.
After the proposition was strongly opposed by police the licence was accepted under the following conditions;
- No alcohol to be sold after 9pm.
- No alcohol to be taken off the premises.
- Just one 330ml beer per adult over the age 18 to be sold per ‘substantial’ meal.
Licensing inspector Matt Dee told the council there were fears about increased disorder in the town centre and concerns about under-age customers.
The fast food chain is also seeking permission to sell alcohol at branches in Blackpool, Hull and Newcastle-under-Lyme. If the trial is successful, it may seek to introduce alcohol at more of its 654 UK outlets.
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