Blog: UK Government kills ad spend on alcohol
Chris Mercer | 7 December 2011
The UK Government's Department of Health ceased all funding for advertising on responsible drinking in its last fiscal year, new figures show.
Figures revealed by Simon Burns MP in Parliament yesterday (6 December) show that there was no public health advertising around alcohol in the fiscal year to 5 April 2011. Spending fell to zero from GBP3.25m in the previous year.
Instead, ministers have encouraged industry itself to make up the shortfall, via drinks firms' funding of the Drinkaware Trust and also via the Responsibility Deal initiative, introduced earlier this year.
Whisk(e)y companies spend a lot of money and effort ageing their products for that premium taste....
PepsiCo created a stir last week with the news it is testing a product called Caleb's Kola, with some in the media claiming it was the beginning of a new “craft soda” category....
SABMiller's bid to widen the appeal of beer is very much in evidence at its latest 'House of Peroni' - with beer cocktails and a bigger bottle for the Italian lager brand on offer. ...
Here's a round-up of the big stories on just-drinks last week, featuring PepsiCo, SABMiller, the Scotch whisky category and the US wine market....
- Analysis - Remy's Cognac "dead-cat bounce"
- Comment - How Hand-Made is Tito's Handmade Vodka?
- Heineken to stay "active player" in beer M&A - CFO
- Diageo's future brighter than present suggests
- Focus - Pernod Ricard's Q1 sales by brand
- Moët Hennessy unveils first Travel Retail outlet
- United Spirits sees Q1 net loss
- Beam Suntory, Edrington part ways in Travel Retail
- Diageo puts Beckham centre stage in Haig Club ad
- Smirnoff Ice gets India launch