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Chris Losh | 11 Mar 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?

Richard Woodard | 23 Feb 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. editorial team | 21 Feb 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.

Soft Drinks International | 17 Jan 2006

The success of Hero Foods’ natural fruit drink Fruit2day not only confirms the strength of the wellness trend but the willingness of consumers to pay a premium for beverages with real health credentials. The company is following up successful launches in Germany and the Netherlands with a UK debut and is also looking further afield. Ute Ballay reports

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UK government still committed to minimum pricing

James Wilmore | 18 Oct 2012

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

Brewers struggle over low abv beer perceptions

James Wilmore | 18 Oct 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.

Tribute to IWSC director Peter Duff

Chris Mercer | 10 Mar 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.

Anti-hangover shot draws criticism from sensible d editorial team | 28 Nov 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. editorial team | 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. editorial team | 27 Apr 2006

Pernod Ricard USA has won a trademark battle which had threatened its Kentucky Bourbon brand Wild Turkey. editorial team | 21 Apr 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. editorial team | 20 Apr 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.

Sophie Kevany | 19 Apr 2006

Bordeaux wine producers yesterday voted to boost flagging prices by supplementing EU distillation subsidies and borrowing EUR15m (US$18.5m). editorial team | 6 Apr 2006

US premium wine producer Cosentino Wines has seen its annual losses narrow on the back of rising domestic sales. editorial team | 24 Mar 2006

Big Rock Brewery has posted a slight fall in net income for last year. editorial team | 23 Mar 2006

Japanese drinks group Kirin has launched two distinctive multi-packs, developed by Rengo Riverwood Packaging, for its Fire canned coffee brand. editorial team | 15 Mar 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. editorial team | 14 Mar 2006

Embattled West Australian winemaker Evans & Tate is to sell off its Mildura winery to UK beverage group Neqtar. editorial team | 10 Mar 2006

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

Richard Woodard | 10 Mar 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. editorial team | 10 Mar 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. editorial team | 8 Mar 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.

Bhavna Rathore | 6 Mar 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.

Arnold Kirkby | 22 Feb 2006

South African wine and spirits group Distell has posted a rise in half-year sales and volumes. editorial team | 14 Feb 2006

Diageo Great Britain has unveiled two TV ads highlighting responsible drinking. editorial team | 14 Feb 2006

GlaxoSmithKline is to launch a new on-pack promotion for its Ribena brand. editorial team | 30 Jan 2006

Maxxium UK has unveiled new packaging for its premium rum brand Mount Gay. editorial team | 25 Jan 2006

Cosentino Signature Wines is expecting its full-year turnover to beat expectations. editorial team | 20 Jan 2006

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co. has acquired Serbian juice maker Fresh & Co. in a joint deal with Coca-Cola Co. editorial team | 19 Jan 2006

Molson Coors has been forced to quit the Russian market after Heineken refused to continue a licensing agreement agreed last year by its recent acquisition, Ivan Taranov Breweries.

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