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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...

Editor's Viewpoint - BrewDog: Enough's Enough

It's with a weary sigh that I say: Here we go again. When The Portman Group issued a decision about a product made by BrewDog, we knew what...

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

Voters to decide on San Francisco soda tax 23 Jul 14

James Wilmore

San Francisco’s residents are set to have their say on whether the city introduces a tax on sugary soda, according to reports.


Europe calls for ambitious free trade pact with US 21 Jul 14

Andrew Byrne

The trade organisation for Europe's wine producers has called on European Union (EU) and US officials meeting in Brussels to agree a new deal on geographical indications.


Scottish craft distillers launch trade group 16 Jul 14

Andy Morton

Around 30 of Scotland's craft distilleries have founded a trade body to help grow sales and lobby lawmakers.


Alcohol tax hikes loom for Chile 14 Jul 14

James Wilmore

A senior figure at Wines of Chile has told just-drinks that wine is not to blame for drink-related issues in the country, as Chile's alcohol industry faces down controversial tax reforms.


US beverage industry backs packaging chemical 14 Jul 14

Andy Morton

A US industry body has defended the use of bisphenol A in beverage packaging after efforts by lawmakers to ban the chemical.


Scotch whisky gets Myanmar legal protection boost 11 Jul 14

James Wilmore

Scotch whisky will receive better legal protection in Myanmar under new rules, while efforts to crack down on fake supplies are being stepped up.

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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