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The SWA said Australia is "one of the worst markets for non-certified ScotchAUS: SWA wins certification right in battle against "fake" Scotch

15 April 2014

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has claimed a victory in “one of the worst markets for fake Scotch” after the spirit was registered as a certification trademark in Australia.

HUNGARY: SpiritsEurope applauds ECJ ruling on pálinka

10 April 2014

Trade body SpiritsEurope has welcomed a ruling that strikes down a Hungarian law exempting distillers of home-made pálinka from paying excise tax for the first 50 litres per year.

US: Diageo hopeful for solution on Tennessee storage rules

3 April 2014

Diageo has launched a legal bid to overturn a 77-year-old law that forces all spirits that are distilled in Tennessee to be stored within the state's borders.

GLOBAL: Heineken chief calls on health lobby to drop "mistrust" of industry

1 April 2014

Heineken's CEO has urged health lobbyists and regulators to drop their “mistrust” of the drinks industry and work with brands to persuade consumers that moderate drinking is “cool”.

US: Small brewers seek public support over 'unfair' distributor laws

1 April 2014

The Brewers Association (BA) is aiming to raise public awareness of “unfair” US laws that, it claims, allow wholesalers to curb the distribution of craft beer brands.

UK/AUS: Westons sees strong Australia sales, but urges tighter labelling laws

26 March 2014

Cider producer Westons has reported strong growth in its largest branded export market, Australia, but flagged up concerns over the lack of category labelling laws in the country.

Round-Up - The ICAP Digest - March 2014

25 March 2014

Once a month, the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP), which covers alcohol policies worldwide, looks at what's going on in-market to promote a responsible role for alcohol in society.

UK: AG Barr chief shrugs off Suntory competition threat

25 March 2014

AG Barr's CEO has shrugged off the idea of competing with Suntory in the UK soft drinks market, arguing that it makes no difference who owns the Ribena and Lucozade brands.

US: Tennessee whiskey definition gets summer stay

25 March 2014

The Tennessee General Assembly has voted to send proposed changes to last year's definition of Tennessee whiskey to a summer study committee.

CHINA: Europe, China reach agreement in wine dispute

24 March 2014

Wine trade bodies in China and Europe have reached an amicable agreement over differences linked to anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations triggered by Beijing last year.

EUROPE/UKRAINE: European drinks companies poised to benefit from Ukrainian duty removal

24 March 2014

The European Commission has released details of proposals to remove tariffs on goods traded between the European Union and Ukraine.

Editor's Viewpoint – When Companies Argue about Who is Right, Both are Usually Wrong

20 March 2014

Unless it's you that is in the middle of the melee, there's nothing more thrilling than a good old street fight; be it in the playground, in a bar, in the street... . As the two (usually) men circle each other, fists raised and ready to wade in, it gets everyone's juices going, doesn't it?

US: Scotch fear behind Diageo Tennessee whiskey row - Brown-Forman

18 March 2014

Brown-Forman has opened a new front in its row with Diageo over Tennessee whiskey, claiming that the Johnnie Walker owner is trying to weaken global growth in North American whiskey because it threatens Scotch sales.

US: Diageo hits back at Brown-Forman in Tennessee whiskey row

18 March 2014

Diageo has branded Jack Daniel's owner Brown-Forman “anti-competitive” as a war of words over the production of Tennessee whiskey heats up.

US: Brown-Forman attacks plan to loosen "Tennessee Whiskey" rules

17 March 2014

Jack Daniel's owner Brown-Forman has warned that the Tennessee whiskey segment is “under attack” as state legislators review laws that regulate the spirit's production.

GLOBAL: International Chamber of Commerce issues responsible alcohol marketing guide

13 March 2014

The International Chamber of Commerce has released a guide to help strengthen the self-regulation of alcohol marketing.

UK: Scotch whisky posts UK volumes drop - figures

12 March 2014

Scotch whisky's home market has appeared immune to booming global demand for the spirit, with new figures showing the UK volumes for the category fell last year by 3%.

UK: BSDA heralds economic input as CCE unveils GBP52m injection

6 March 2014

The head of the British Soft Drinks Association has highlighted to the UK Government the economic benefits that the industry brings to the country.

Comment - Spirits - Scottish Independence: It's Time to Speak

4 March 2014

It is almost six months until Scotland decides. Will the country vote for independence from the UK on 18 September? Ian Buxton has a few thoughts on the matter, and he's surprised that the Scotch whisky industry doesn't appear to have any.

UK: Phusion Projects courts new controversy as Four Loko ruled "irresponsible"

28 February 2014

Phusion Projects is facing fresh criticism over its Four Loko brand after the UK's industry watchdog ruled that the alcoholic drink's name breached packaging rules.

US: FDA plans move to tighten up beverage, food nutrition labelling

28 February 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced plans for new rules on how nutrition information is displayed on beverage and food packaging.

Editor's Viewpoint - Scottish Independence - It's Okay to Have an Opinion

27 February 2014

On Thursday 18 September, the residents of Scotland will take to the polls to consider a question, their answer to which could have huge repercussions: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

UK: "Clarity" needed on Scottish independence as whisky industry stays neutral

27 February 2014

The trade body for the Scotch whisky industry has called for “clarity” ahead of the independence referendum in Scotland later this year, with three major whisky producers declining to join either the 'yes' or 'no' camp.

US: Soft drinks industry backs Michelle Obama's move on school ads

26 February 2014

The American Beverage Association (ABA) has welcomed a move by the US Government to strengthen the rules on how beverage and food firms are allowed to advertise in schools.

Round-Up - The ICAP Digest - February 2014

24 February 2014

Once a month, the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP), which covers alcohol policies worldwide, looks at what's going on in-market to promote a responsible role for alcohol in society.

UK: New SWA head eyes post-election for India FTA push

21 February 2014

The new chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association has said he hopes more progress on cutting India's duty on international wines and spirits can be made after upcoming elections in the country.

CAGNY 2014 - Risks subside for Coca-Cola Enterprises, but "long way to go" - CEO

21 February 2014

Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE) head has said he sees “less risk” for the company than 18 months ago but there is still a “long way to go” as threats, such as new taxes, remain.

CANADA: Government vows to loosen rules on beer definition

12 February 2014

Canada's brewers have welcomed a federal Government commitment to change the rules on how beer is defined to reflect “new styles” on the market.

US: TTB updates policy on 'gluten-free' labelling claims

12 February 2014

Fresh guidelines on how alcoholic drinks companies must handle labelling around gluten content in their products have been issued by a US Government department.

UK: Heineken told to pull "misleading" Kronenbourg 1664 ad

12 February 2014

The Advertising Standards Authority in the UK has upheld a complaint lodged against an advert for Heineken's Kronenbourg 1664 lager brand.

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