GLOBAL: WTO geographical indication row resurfaces at Doha
As the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Doha Development Round moves towards completion, a big push is underway to see a wine and spirits geographical indication register established within the final deal.
A WTO special group for the issue met on Monday (3 December) with supporters of the register pushing for full negotiations on the issue, ending technical discussions that have dragged on for years. The European Union (EU) led this call, backed by Guinea, China, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kyrgyzia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Morocco, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand and Turkey.
Opposing nations - Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Argentina, the US, Taiwan, Chile, Costa Rica and South Africa - have called for technical discussions to continue.
WTO diplomats say this opposition will only be overcome if the EU and others link a Doha deal to agreement on the register. "It's up to drinks industry lobbyists to push now," said one.
The top ten most visited stories on just-drinks this week included stories from Beam Global, The UB Group, LVMH, Danone SABMiller and Heineken....
The head of India's UB Group has warned that the ongoing struggle against higher taxes on imported spirits into the country cannot be resolved through the World Trade Organisation....
India has been warned that it must ensure "non-discriminatory tax treatment" for foreign spirits companies, or face a fresh complaint to the World Trade Organisation....
- Craft spirits shake-out will be just the beginning
- The decline of the flagship beer brand - Comment
- Job cuts not the whole story at AB InBev - Comment
- How Treasury is rewriting the rule book - Comment
- Interview- Veltins export manager Udo Bruns
- Diageo revamps Gordon's gin bottle in UK
- Craft Brew Alliance poised for AB InBev takeover?
- SAB shareholders granted AB InBev vote split
- Pernod deal rescues Corby's FY
- Diageo's Guinness Rye Pale Ale - NPD
- The Next Seven Big Beverage Markets
- Global rum insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global RTD insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Carlsberg AS (CARL B) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review
- Adultifying Soft Drinks; Capitalizing on rising adult demand for non-alcoholic beverages