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Four LokoUK: Phusion Projects courts new controversy as Four Loko ruled "irresponsible"

28 February 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.

UK: Sport, music alcohol tie-ups under spotlight with new code

31 January 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).

UK: Most alcohol packaging responsible - Portman Group

30 August 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

17 July 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

14 June 2013

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

UK: Alcohol ad ban talk a 'waste of time' - Portman Group

12 June 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.

UK: Portman Group bans all drinks ads related to sex

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.

UK: Portman Group chairman to step down

13 May 2013

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

Comment - Beer - When Self-Regulation Goes Wrong

29 April 2013

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

Industry Engagement on Alcohol Harm & Responsible Consumption - Part IV: The Future for Collaboration

18 April 2013

The fourth and final part of this month's management briefing sees Ben Cooper consider how the future looks for the drinks industry's attempts to deal with alcohol harm and responsible consumption.

UK: Watchdog rejects complaint over Tesco alcohol range

11 January 2013

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

UK: Producers given six-month deadline for new Portman Group code

12 November 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.

Round-Up -The ICAP 'Global Actions: Initiatives to Reduce Harmful Drinking' Conference - Day II

10 October 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.

UK: Watchdog rejects complaint over Pernod Ricard's Absolut Vodka bottle designs

12 September 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.

UK: Producers have "way to go" to hit health deal deadline - Portman Group

28 June 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.

UK: Portman Group on hunt for complaints panel chairperson

26 June 2012

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

UK: Poison Distribution's Dr Von Hyde's falls foul of marketing code

22 June 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.

UK: Brewer falls foul of industry code over Krays Twins pump clip

1 June 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.

Encouraging Responsible Consumption - Part I - An Industry Engaged

30 April 2012

This month, we present a four-part management briefing into the role the alcoholic drinks industry does play, doesn't play, and ought to play in encouraging responsible consumption. In part one, Ben Cooper looks at the lie of the land today.

Encouraging Responsible Consumption - Part III - Non-Branded Industry Messaging, the Drinkaware Model and Social Media

30 April 2012

This month, we present a four-part management briefing into the role the alcoholic drinks industry does play, doesn't play, and ought to play in encouraging responsible consumption. In the penultimate part, Ben Cooper considers what branding the message ought to carry, and how to harness social media as part of the strategy.

Comment - Wine - Losh's Chris-tal Ball

19 January 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.

Focus - Alcohol Consumption Guidelines Under Scrutiny

12 January 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.

just the Answer - Drinkaware CEO, Chris Sorek

1 November 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.

UK: Portman Group launches alcohol code review

14 October 2011

The Portman Group has launched a three-month consultation to garner opinion on how to update its marketing code of practice for alcoholic drinks.

UK: Portman Group appoints CEO

20 September 2011

The Portman Group has appointed a top Cabinet Office civil servant as its new CEO, strengthening its hand as the UK drinks industry seeks to adhere to the Government's responsibility deal on alcohol.

UK: Portman Group CEO to leave

17 June 2011

The head of the Portman Group in the UK, David Poley, is to stand down after five years in the role.

Corporate Social Responsibility – Part I: The UK

30 March 2011

The first part of March's management briefing looks at the alcoholic drinks industry's use of corporate social responsibility in the UK.

UK: Health groups shun alcohol responsibility deal

14 March 2011

The drinks industry in the UK has hit back at claims by key health groups that a Government-brokered deal to reduce alcohol-related harm in the country "is all carrot and no stick".

UK: Portman Group reprimands Asda over Strong Cider

4 March 2011

The Portman Group has told the UK's second largest supermarket, Asda-Walmart, that its Strong Cider brand breaks drinks industry rules on responsible marketing.

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.

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