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How to inspire loyalty in the new ‘me’ generation

There was a time when bars served beer in any old pint glass, fathers had their one brand of whisk(e)y and consumer feedback was received by...

Budget: Has George Osborne Avoided a Hangover?

George Osborne must think he can walk into any pub in the UK today and be treated to a free pint....

James Wilmore | 20 Sep 2012

The debate around minimum pricing in the UK is starting to feel more than ever like a can of worms. I'm not quite sure, however, who has got the biggest mess to deal with.

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.

Ben Cooper | 15 Mar 2011

The Public Health Responsibility Deal, unveiled by the UK government today, underlines its commitment to voluntary company-led measures to tackle alcohol-related problems. However, Ben Cooper believes industry should not see this as a victory in itself. The actions themselves have to deliver.

Ben Cooper | 17 Sep 2009

The call last week by the British Medical Association (BMA) for an outright ban on alcohol advertising appeared to have little support in political circles or the media. Most crucially for the industry, it was rejected out of hand by the Conservative Party. With the Tories a racing certainty to take power in the next General Election, Ben Cooper casts an eye over Conservative thinking on alcohol policy.

Latest Interviews

James Wilmore | 1 May 2013

After nearly 20 years of working in the beer and spirits categories, Andrew Carter pitched up at Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) last year charged with leading the group's Europe, Middle East and Asia region. Travel Retail also falls under his remit. So, how's he finding the challenge? just-drinks' deputy editor, James Wilmore, caught up with him at ProWein in late-March.

Last week, the UK government published a consultation document which many believe to be the prelude to tighter legislation on alcoholic drinks. In this month’s Just the Answer interview, Jeremy Beadles, chief executive of the UK’s Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), takes the opportunity to put the industry’s case for the retention of self-regulatory control, and suggests the Government is basing its position on flawed analysis.

Latest News

Andy Morton | 9 Mar 2016

Gin sales have jumped 20% in the UK's bars and restaurants, figures for the most recent 12-month period have shown.

Andy Morton | 8 Jan 2016

The UK drinks industry has reacted with caution to new dietary guidelines that have slashed the recommended maximum unit alcohol intake.

Lucy Britner | 7 Dec 2015

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is to provide calorie information across its entire portfolio of bottled wine.

Lucy Britner | 14 Sep 2015

UK wine drinkers regularly change brands and have "little or no brand loyalty", according to a report from the country's Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

Olly Wehring | 28 Jul 2015

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Olly Wehring | 11 May 2015

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Andy Morton | 27 Mar 2015

Price increases in the UK off-trade have slowed in the past year, with the cost of beer declining, according to recent figures.

James Wilmore | 6 Mar 2015

A group of UK lawmakers have called for reforms to the European Union's alcohol tax regime after branding the current system “illogical”.

James Wilmore | 22 Dec 2014

Sparkling wine continues to be the star performer in the UK off- and on-trade in 2014, while the flavoured vodka category has endured mixed fortunes, according to latest figures.

James Wilmore | 2 Oct 2014

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association has dismissed fresh calls for minimum unit pricing (MUP) in the UK after a new report claimed a floor price would be far more effective than the Government's current policy.

James Wilmore | 16 Sep 2014

Flavoured and spiced rums saw impressive growth in the UK off-trade over the early summer, while imported whiskies also performed strongly, latest figures show.

Andy Morton | 11 Mar 2014

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has revamped its website, allowing members to search its database of checklists and guidance for the UK market.

Andy Morton | 8 Jan 2014

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has branded as “fundamentally flawed” an investigation from senior doctors that claims the UK government was “subverted” by the drinks industry over a U-turn on minimum pricing.

James Wilmore | 18 Dec 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has officially launched its campaign to persuade the UK Government to end automatic duty increases in next year's Budget.

Andy Morton | 12 Dec 2013

UK on-trade sales of single malt Scotch whisky have slowed towards the end of this year, new figures have shown.

James Wilmore | 26 Nov 2013

Health experts have branded Scotland's ban on multi-buy alcohol promotions “ineffective” after more research showing that the measure has not affected sales.

Andy Morton | 24 Oct 2013

Inverarity Morton (IM), a Scottish wines and spirits merchant, has bought Forth Wines for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.

James Wilmore | 14 Oct 2013

The size of the illicit market for alcohol in the UK shrunk last year, but remains significant, according to latest Government estimates.

Andy Morton | 26 Sep 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has launched a new campaign demanding a fairer taxation system in the UK and an end to the duty escalator.

James Wilmore | 6 Sep 2013

UK on-trade alcohol volumes fell by 6% over the early part of the summer, but wine and spirits bucked the trend, latest figures have revealed.

James Wilmore | 15 Aug 2013

The UK Government has vowed to press on with its bid to force the European Union (EU) to change its rules on the definition of wine.

Olly Wehring | 17 Jul 2013

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

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