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Comment - Beer - When Self-Regulation Goes Wrong

This month, Larry Nelson has spotted a flaw in the drinks industry's regulation of its own products....

Comment - UK Alcohol Policy is All Bluff & Bluster

The UK's Coalition Government is showing every sign of being stumped by the country's love affair with the bottle, not that the industry is...

ICAP Conference - Day II

Ben Cooper | 10 Oct 2012

While the opening day of the ICAP 'Global Actions: Initiatives to Reduce Harmful Drinking' conference focused on many of the industry-led programmes initiated since 2010 when the WHO 'Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol' was launched, the second day was far more about looking ahead.

Comment - Wine - Losh's Chris-tal Ball

Chris Losh | 19 Jan 2012

It's the week of forecasts on just-drinks this week. On Tuesday, Ian Buxton considered what 2012 will bring for the world of whisky. Today, Chris Losh looks at what the next 12 months will provide for all you wine producers out there. Note: Some of the following might not happen.

Alcohol Consumption Guidelines Under Scrutiny

Ben Cooper | 12 Jan 2012

The recommendation by a House of Commons committee that consumers take two days off from drinking a week has thrust the issue of safe alcohol consumption guidelines back into the media spotlight. Ben Cooper reports.

Focus - Drinkaware and Alcohol Education

Ben Cooper | 5 Aug 2010

Over the past two years, the name Drinkaware has become a familiar feature on drinks labels in the UK. Drinkaware’s chief executive Chris Sorek spoke with Ben Cooper about what the industry-sponsored alcohol education charity does.

Latest Interviews

The just-drinks Interview - Portman Group CEO

James Wilmore | 23 May 2014

Henry Ashworth has faced plenty of challenges since taking the reins at the Portman Group in 2011. Dealing with the fall-out from decisions by the group's independent complaints panel and the ever-agitating UK health lobby means life is rarely dull. Here, Ashworth talks to just-drinks' deputy editor James Wilmore about the watchdog's work, and a certain Scottish brewer.

just the Answer - Drinkaware CEO, Chris Sorek

Olly Wehring | 1 Nov 2011

To coincide with tomorrow's forum on responsible drinking in the UK, this month's 'just the Answer' sees Olly Wehring tackle the CEO of Drinkaware, Chris Sorek.

Latest News

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Olly Wehring | 28 Apr 2015

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...

AHA angered over Diageo's PL deal

James Wilmore | 30 Mar 2015

The Portman Group has argued that UK health campaigners are “ignoring the facts” after claims that children are being negatively influenced by drinks firms sponsoring sport.

Jagermeister US push flags 'premium' credentials

James Wilmore | 4 Mar 2015

Mast-Jägermeister is launching a new multi-media campaign in a bid to showcase its namesake liqueur brand's heritage and “premium” ingredients to US consumers.

just the Week in - Spirits & Wine

Olly Wehring | 31 Oct 2014

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.

EXCLUSIVE - Mast-Jaegermeister, TWE join watchdog

James Wilmore | 27 Oct 2014

Mast-Jägermeister and Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) have joined UK drinks industry watchdog, The Portman Group, just-drinks can reveal.

Sharp fall in UK alcohol-related crime

James Wilmore | 1 Sep 2014

Alcohol-related violent crime in the UK fell by 32% in the past 10 years, while the population is becoming less tolerant to anti-social behaviour, according to latest studies.

C&C Group steps down as Portman Group funder

James Wilmore | 17 Jul 2014

C&C Group has left UK drinks industry watchdog the Portman Group after three-and-a-half years as a paying member.

"Irresponsible" Four Loko falls foul of UK rules

Andy Morton | 28 Feb 2014

Phusion Projects is facing fresh criticism over its Four Loko brand after the UK's industry watchdog ruled that the alcoholic drink's name breached packaging rules.

Code launched on alcohol tie-up with sport

James Wilmore | 31 Jan 2014

Drinks companies that sponsor sport, music and cultural events in the UK will be monitored under a new industry code being introduced today (31 January).

Most alcohol packaging responsible - Portman Group

Andy Morton | 30 Aug 2013

Around 90% of UK alcoholic drinks tested for responsible packaging have passed an audit, industry watchdog the Portman Group has revealed.

UK Government drops minimum unit pricing

Olly Wehring | 17 Jul 2013

The UK Coalition Government has officially abandoned plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol in England and Wales.

just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

James Wilmore | 14 Jun 2013

The top ten stories published on just-drinks last week:

Alcohol ad ban a 'waste of time' - Portman Group

James Wilmore | 12 Jun 2013

The Portman Group has argued it is a waste of time talking about blanket bans after a new report urged a shake-up of the rules around UK alcohol advertising.

Portman Group bans all drinks ads related to sex

James Wilmore | 31 May 2013

Industry watchdog the Portman Group has introduced a host of new rules, including stricter controls on online marketing and a ban on all alcohol ads related to sex.

Portman Group chairman to step down

Andy Morton | 13 May 2013

The chairman of the Portman Group is to step down after four years in the post.

Watchdog rejects complaint over Tesco

James Wilmore | 11 Jan 2013

A complaint over Tesco's budget alcohol range has been dismissed by the UK industry's marketing watchdog.

Six-month deadline for new Portman Group code

James Wilmore | 12 Nov 2012

Drinks producers operating in the UK have six months to prepare for a new version of the Portman Group code, which includes updated rules on marketing low-alcohol products.

Complaint over Absolut Vodka designs rejected

James Wilmore | 12 Sep 2012

The UK drinks industry's marketing watchdog has rejected a complaint that a limited-edition bottle design for Pernod Ricard's Absolut Vodka appealed to under-18s.

Producers urged to hit health deal deadline

James Wilmore | 28 Jun 2012

Drinks producers have "some way to go" to deliver on a pledge to offer health information on 80% of UK drinks labels by the end of next year, the Portman Group's head has warned.

Portman Group seeks complaints panel chairperson

James Wilmore | 26 Jun 2012

The Portman Group is looking for a new chairperson for its complaints panel, which rules on irresponsible alcohol marketing in the UK.

Dr Von Hyde's falls foul of UK marketing code

James Wilmore | 22 Jun 2012

A herbal liqueur has fallen foul of the Portman Group's marketing code of practice over the use of medical-related phrases in its promotional material.

Brewer falls foul of industry marketing code

James Wilmore | 1 Jun 2012

Ramsgate Brewery has agreed to change the pump clip on one of its beers, featuring gangsters the Kray twins, after it fell foul of industry guidelines.

Latest blogs

Jaegermeister shot culture in Portman Group firing line?

James Wilmore | 27 Oct 2014

Today's news that German spirits firm Mast-Jägermeister has joined UK responsible drinking organisation The Portman Group may raise eyebrows in some quarters.

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