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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....

Comment - Minimum Pricing: We've Only Just Begun

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.

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.

Drinks Companies Responsible for Destiny

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.

Alcohol advertising safe in Tory hands

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

Interview - TWE's EMEA & GTR MD

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.

just the answer – The WSTA editorial team | 29 Jul 2008

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

UK wine drinkers cool on brand loyalty - research

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.

just a While Ago - On 28 July in...

Olly Wehring | 28 Jul 2015

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

just a While Ago - On 11 May in...

Olly Wehring | 11 May 2015

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Off-trade price rises slow in UK - figures

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.

UK lawmakers urge EU alcohol tax shake-up

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”.

Sparkling wine sales still shining in UK - figures

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.

WSTA hits back over minimum pricing report

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.

Flavoured rum sales race in UK off-trade

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.

WSTA overhauls website

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.

WSTA defends industry "influence" on MUP

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.

WSTA unveils campaign to end duty rises

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.

Single malt Scotch sales slow after summer surge

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.

Scotland's multi-buy ban under fire

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.

Inverarity Morton eyes England with Forth buy

Andy Morton | 24 Oct 2013

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

UK illicit alcohol market shrinks - figures

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.

WSTA calls for fairer taxes

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.

UK on-trade volumes suffer but off-trade solid

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.

EU wine rules shake-up still on Government agenda

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.

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.

RTD off-trade volumes, sales fall in UK

Andy Morton | 20 Jun 2013

RTD sales and volumes in the UK off-trade have dropped in the past quarter as prices continue to rise, according to latest Nielsen figures.

WSTA still eyeing "options" after Budget beer blow

James Wilmore | 17 Apr 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has said it is continuing to assess its legal options in light of the UK Government's singling out of beer in last month's Budget.

Cidermakers cry foul over spirits industry's plan'

James Wilmore | 4 Apr 2013

Australia's cidermakers and spirits producers have locked horns over alcohol tax ahead of next month's Budget, according to local reports.

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