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Keith Nuthall

Articles by Keith Nuthall

Colombia levies a lower tax rate on spirits with an abv of 35% and belowEuropean Union attacks Colombia over imported spirits tax rate 25 August 2016

The European Union (EU) has called on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to establish a disputes panel to consider its claim that Colombia is breaking global trade rules over the country's alleged "discriminatory treatment" of imported spirits.

The European Union includes discussions on Geographic Indication in its trade negotiationsUK drinks producers chase GI maintenance following European Union departure 23 August 2016

Several alcoholic drinks producers in the UK have voiced concern about the possible loss of Geographical Indication status for their products, once the country leaves the European Union.

The UK has voted to leave the European UnionWhat does Brexit mean for the drinks industry? - Analysis 24 June 2016

The UK's vote yesterday (June 23) to quit the European Union (EU) creates deep uncertainty, not only over the shape of future food and drink regulations in the country itself, but also export market access for companies operating in the UK or those outside the country looking to import in.

The proposal would prevent drinks companies from refusing to accept foreign EU credit cards for online purchasesEuropean ‘geoblocking’ proposal set to open up online drinks sales 31 May 2016

The European Commission has put forward a regulation that would prevent drinks brands from refusing to sell to consumers in a foreign European Union member state, if a distributor is prepared to export the product.

Drinks packaging deposit schemes doomed to failure – Coca-Cola Enterprises 8 March 2016

Deposit schemes for drinks packaging will not increase reuse or recycling rates, a senior Coca-Cola Enterprises executive has claimed.

The leaders of the 12 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership signed the trade deal last monthTrans-Pacific Partnership issues wine, spirits details 10 November 2015

The member-nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have released detailed regulatory standards for wines and spirits that have been written into the trade deal.

This year's wine harvest from the European Union members will be up by 2.7%Europe's wine harvest big and good - Copa-Cogeca 6 November 2015

The wine harvest across Europe this year is forecast to be up slightly, with the quality broadly expected to be good, according to EU farmers' cooperative Copa-Cogeca.

Talks about a Free Trade Agreement have begun between New Zealand and the European UnionNew Zealand upbeat on wine sales in EU ahead of trade deal 2 November 2015

New Zealand’s wine industry could benefit from a new Free Trade Agreement with the European Union, with preparatory talks now under way.

The European Commission released a report on customs enforcement earlier this monthEuropean Union sees counterfeit drinks seizures soar - figures 30 October 2015

The European Union seized about EUR2.1m (US$2.3m) in counterfeit or fake beverages at its borders in 2014, a marked rise on the year before, according to a European Commission report.

Will Vietnam be the next big export market for US brewers?US brewers target Vietnam as main Trans-Pacific Partnership opportunity 19 October 2015

The American Brewers Association has said the best opportunity created by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal for the US beer industry is increasing exports to Vietnam.

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