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MPs' alcohol report: Should the trade be worried?

Every six months or so, a report or a piece of research is released about the UK's so-called alcohol “epidemic”. The national media jump on...

Pernod's Portman Group penalty - a coincidence?

Pernod Ricard has become the latest company to clash with the Portman Group, the UK's drinks industry watchdog....

Soft drinks trade "mobilised" to fight taxes - CCE

The head of Coca-Cola Enterprises has said the soft drinks industry is “in a far better position today” to fight legislation such as sugar t...

Comment - Brewers Knock on Marijuana Beer's Door

Keith Villa, the founder of MillerCoors's Blue Moon beer and a real-life doctor of brewing, is as close as the beer industry gets to a Miche...

Latest Interviews

The just-drinks Interview - Portman Group CEO 23 May 2014

James Wilmore

Henry Ashworth has faced plenty of challenges since taking the reins at the Portman Group in 2011. Dealing with the fall-out from decisions by the group's independent complaints panel and the ever-agitating UK health lobby means life is rarely dull. Here, Ashworth talks to just-drinks' deputy editor James Wilmore about the watchdog's work, and a certain Scottish brewer.


just-drinks Interview - Irish Distillers' CEO - II 12 Sep 2013

James Wilmore

Last week, just-drinks caught up with Irish Distillers' CEO Anna Malmhake. Part one of the interview ran on Tuesday. Here, in the second and concluding part of the interview, Malmhake discusses Irish whiskey's image, Pernod's competitors in the category and the threat of alcohol legislation in Ireland.

Latest News

Indian state moves towards alcohol ban 22 Aug 14

Andy Morton

An Indian state has outlined its first steps to outlawing alcohol, including “dry” Sundays and closing all bars except in luxury hotels.


Malibu Coast winegrowers fight new vineyard laws 18 Aug 14

James Wilmore

Winegrowers in the newly-approved US AVA of Malibu Coast are fighting a change to local laws that they claim will ban new vineyards in the region and force some existing ones to be ripped out.


Swiss court dismisses absinthe GI ruling 14 Aug 14

Olly Wehring

A legal ruling in Switzerland against absinthe producers in the country has been welcomed by the owner of the French La Fée absinthe brand.


London brewery numbers continue to surge 12 Aug 14

James Wilmore

London is continuing to see a boom in brewery openings, with an 18% rise in new producers in the last year.


UK MPs urge extra health warnings on drinks labels 11 Aug 14

James Wilmore

A group of UK lawmakers are calling for alcoholic drinks to carry health warnings and details of calorie content, as well as the introduction of stricter sanctions on marketing in the country.


Coca-Cola attacks Russia sugar tax calls 8 Aug 14

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co has said proposed legislation from Russia's Communist Party to tax sugary beverages would only harm Russia's economy.

Latest blogs

A Kentucky whiskey that's not a Bourbon? Only in America... 20 Mar 14

Andy Morton

Diageo and Brown-Forman have been at loggerheads the past week over what is best for the Tennessee whiskey category.


Defining 'cost' - The duty + VAT calculator 21 Feb 14

Olly Wehring

From early April, the Government in the UK is implementing a ban on the sale of alcohol below cost.

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