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Comment - Wine - Pushing the Moderate Message

11 March 2014

Ahead of next week's UK Budget, Chris Losh bemoans the fiscal pressures placed on the drinks industry. Could we not trumpet our good sides, he asks?

UK: Government committed to minimum pricing despite EU legal fears

18 October 2012

The UK government remains committed to minimum pricing and still believes the measure is legal under European law, a minister has said.

UK: Brewers struggle with low abv beer perceptions

18 October 2012

Lower-strength beers are helping to cut the consumption of alcohol units in the UK, but brewers are struggling to convince consumers that the products are “proper” alcohol, a Molson Coors’ director has said.

The Alcohol Debate: From the Other Side – Part I: The US

25 February 2011

The first part of just-drinks February management briefing, which considers the alcohol debate, turns the spotlight on the US. Ben Cooper looks at an arena where the debating is at its fiercest.

The Alcohol Debate: From the Other Side – Part IV: Comment: Alcohol Debate Follows an All Too Familiar Pattern

25 February 2011

The alcohol policy debate was back in the spotlight earlier this month, with the publication of a paper in The Lancet warning of thousands of avoidable alcohol-related deaths if stronger action is not taken by the UK government. Ben Cooper, whose management briefing this month examines the various groups campaigning for tighter alcohol legislation, asks whether the debate needs to be so acrimonious.

UK: Family pays tribute to IWSC director Peter Duff

10 March 2009

The family of Peter Duff, the executive vice president of the International Wine & Spirit Competition who has committed suicide with his wife in Switzerland, has paid tribute to his leading role in the drinks sector.

US: Anti-hangover shot draws criticism from sensible drinking lobby

28 November 2007

A product launched in the US which claims to reduce the effects of a hangover has been condemned by proponents of sensible consumption and marketing of alcohol.

NZ: Health minister wants soda school ban faster than the US

5 May 2006

New Zealand should aim to ban the sale of carbonated soft drinks in its schools faster than the US, the country’s health minister has said.

US: Wild Turkey knocks back trademark claim

27 April 2006

Pernod Ricard USA has won a trademark battle which had threatened its Kentucky Bourbon brand Wild Turkey.

US: Coke presses for tax cut in Africa

21 April 2006

Coca-Cola Co. is pressing governments in Eastern Africa to cut excise duty and encourage growth in the soft drinks industry throughout the region.

CHILE: MontGras expects revenues to rise 15% - report

20 April 2006

Chilean wine producer Viña MontGras expects the company to report a 15% rise in revenues this year, with sales reaching US$14.4m, according to local reports.

FRANCE: Bordeaux producers vote to up EU loan

19 April 2006

Bordeaux wine producers yesterday voted to boost flagging prices by supplementing EU distillation subsidies and borrowing EUR15m (US$18.5m).

US: Cosentino full-year losses narrow

6 April 2006

US premium wine producer Cosentino Wines has seen its annual losses narrow on the back of rising domestic sales.

CANADA: Big Rock full-year income dips

24 March 2006

Big Rock Brewery has posted a slight fall in net income for last year.

JAPAN: Kirin launches multi-packs for Fire

23 March 2006

Japanese drinks group Kirin has launched two distinctive multi-packs, developed by Rengo Riverwood Packaging, for its Fire canned coffee brand.

DENMARK: Carlsberg to join home brewing craze

15 March 2006

Carlsberg is set to become the latest brewer to launch a home brewing kit in an attempt to boost flat beer sales in Western Europe.

AUSTRALIA: E&T agrees to sell Mildura winery

14 March 2006

Embattled West Australian winemaker Evans & Tate is to sell off its Mildura winery to UK beverage group Neqtar.

US: Modelo triumphs in Gambrinus distribution spat

10 March 2006

Mexico’s leading brewer Grupo Modelo has won its contract dispute with distributor the Gambrinus Co.

S AFRICA: Omnia Wines in friendly name change

10 March 2006

South African wine producer Omnia Wines is to change its name to ‘the company of wine people’ from April 1 to better reflect its business ethos, the company has announced.

US: Boutique wine marketing partnership formed

10 March 2006

Three partners have joined forces to form a Californian wine company called Vintage Point – “Partners in Wine”, which aims to assist small boutique wineries in their sales and marketing.

US: Wine retail group vows to boost consumer choice

8 March 2006

A wine retailers association has been formed in the US to fight what they see as uneven and unconstitutional state laws that reduce choice for consumers and keep prices artificially high.

INDIA: India cuts CSD tax in return for investment

6 March 2006

In a unique deal, the Indian government has cut excise duty on carbonated soft drinks in exchange for multinational investment in the food and fruit juice industries.

Indian Budget likely to offer little joy for imports

23 February 2006

As the Indian Budget approaches, Scotch whisky exporters are looking for reform of what is seen as a grossly inequitable duty system. But in spite of determined lobbying, writes Richard Woodard, the grounds for optimism are slender.

S AFRICA: Distell sales revenue up

22 February 2006

South African wine and spirits group Distell has posted a rise in half-year sales and volumes.

Just the Answer - Dmitry Kistev

21 February 2006

In this month's Just the Answer interview, Dmitry Kistev, exports director at Russian beer company Baltika, discusses the Russian beer brand's international growth and plans for the future, a week after the brewer, owned by Carlsberg/S&N joint venture Baltic Beverages Holding, reported record sales for 2005.

UK: Diageo GB launches responsible drinking ads

14 February 2006

Diageo Great Britain has unveiled two TV ads highlighting responsible drinking.

UK: GSK launches GBP1.4m Ribena push

14 February 2006

GlaxoSmithKline is to launch a new on-pack promotion for its Ribena brand.

UK: Maxxium UK unveils new-look Mount Gay

30 January 2006

Maxxium UK has unveiled new packaging for its premium rum brand Mount Gay.

US: Cosentino upbeat on 2005 figures

25 January 2006

Cosentino Signature Wines is expecting its full-year turnover to beat expectations.

GREECE: CCHBC snaps up Serbia's Fresh & Co

20 January 2006

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co. has acquired Serbian juice maker Fresh & Co. in a joint deal with Coca-Cola Co.

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