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Sports Sponsorship in the Spotlight

Sponsorship of sporting events by alcohol companies is once again under intense scrutiny, across a number of countries, and pressure on poli...

A Dangerous World and the Threat to Beverages

If you thought global insecurity was at an all-time high last year, then the World Economic Forum (WEF) has some bad news....

Industry Mans Barricades as Election Fever Hits UK

The starting gun on the UK General Election campaign has been fired and, once again, alcohol looks set to be a political football....

Cuba-US Normalisation: Bacardi, Pernod Winners?

The announcement late yesterday that Cuba and the US have started on the road to normalised relations will be of particular interest to two...

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

UK beer volumes up as off-trade leapfrogs on-trade 30 Jan 15

James Wilmore

Total UK beer volumes have risen for the first time in nearly a decade, while off-trade sales have overtaken on-trade sales, according to latest figures.

US craft brewers offered fresh hope over tax cut 12 Jan 15

James Wilmore

Two US politicians have re-introduced a bill aimed at cutting the amount of federal excise tax that the country's small brewers pay.

Carlsberg mulls cutting Special Brew strength 12 Jan 15

James Wilmore

Carlsberg is considering a range of options in the UK over its super-strength lager brands Special Brew and Skol Super, including cutting their ABVs, as part of the country's government's Responsibility Deal.

SWA predicts FTA boost from Diageo's India buy 2 Jan 15

Andy Morton

The CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has said Diageo's takeover of United Spirits could aid ongoing efforts to end India's import tariffs on spirits.

India's Kerala state to ease alcohol restrictions 23 Dec 14

Andy Morton

An Indian state that proposed a complete alcohol ban within ten years is to water down its plans after an industry backlash, according to reports.

Thailand pulls back from New Year alcohol ban 22 Dec 14

Andy Morton

Thailand has scrapped a proposal to ban alcohol sales over the New Year and Thai New Year celebrations, according to local reports.

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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