UK Wine and Spirit Trade Association
George Osborne must think he can walk into any pub in the UK today and be treated to a free pint....
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...
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 13 Mar 2008
The steep rise in alcohol duties announced in yesterday’s Budget, which the Government says will help to tackle binge drinking, follows the publication of its review of the 2005 Licensing Act last week when the Government reiterated its commitment to 24-hour licensing. Ben Cooper asks whether the two policies represent a consistent approach to tackling excessive consumption or whether the duty hike is an opportunistic attempt to boost much-needed tax revenues through the age-old method – the sin tax.
| 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.
| 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.
| 11 May 2015
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| 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.
| 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”.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 12 Dec 2013
UK on-trade sales of single malt Scotch whisky have slowed towards the end of this year, new figures have shown.
| 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.
| 24 Oct 2013
Inverarity Morton (IM), a Scottish wines and spirits merchant, has bought Forth Wines for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 17 Jul 2013
The UK Coalition Government has officially abandoned plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol in England and Wales.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 20 Mar 2013
The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has hit out at the UK Government's decision to scrap the duty escalator for beer and has claimed that the move may not be legal.
| 18 Mar 2013
Sparkling wine was the only alcohol category in the UK off-trade to see volume rises in the past 12 months, according to latest figures.
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