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EUR: EU court says minimum pricing illegal

22 Oct 2009

Setting a minimum price on products is illegal, the European Court of Justice has said, in what drinks firms hope will be a further blow to plans to introduce a minimum price on alcoholic drinks.

EUR: Scotch trade body toast EU, South Korea trade deal

16 Oct 2009

Scotch whisky distillers have welcomed the signing of a free trade deal between the EU and South Korea, which will see cuts to import tax on their products.

Comment - Minimum pricing for alcohol

15 Sep 2009

Minimum pricing for alcohol is dividing both the drinks trade and the politicians, but last week's damning response from the Office of Fair Trading could mean the policy never sees the light of day.

just the round-up - The week in drinks

4 Sep 2009

The top ten stories published on just-drinks this week:

SCOTLAND: Alcohol minimum pricing draws near, to SWA chagrin

3 Sep 2009

The Scotch Whisky Association has attacked a proposal by the Scottish Government to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol in the country.

US: Boycott call for Scotch whisky

24 Aug 2009

An internet campaign to boycott Scotch whisky and other Scottish products has begun in the US, in anger at the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.

UK: Labour denies support for minimum alcohol pricing

17 Aug 2009

The Scottish Labour Party has denied reports that it is set to back a proposal for minimum pricing on alcoholic drinks in the country.

EU: Spirits distillers welcome EU action against Philippines

29 Jul 2009

Scotch Whisky producers have welcomed a move by the EU which calls for the Philippines to dismantle its longstanding tax discrimination against imported spirits.

UK: Diageo meets with MP over Moray regeneration

21 Jul 2009

Drinks giant Diageo last week held a meeting with the Scottish MP for Moray to discuss plans for a regeneration of the home of malt whisky.

EUR: EU, South Korea reach free trade deal

17 Jul 2009

The EU and South Korea have reached a deal in talks to establish a Free Trade Agreement, which is set to benefit Scotch whisky exports to Korea.

TURKEY: Spirits firms welcome EU, Turkey tax deal

1 Jul 2009

European spirits firms have welcomed a commitment from Turkey to the EU that it will phase out higher taxes on imported spirits, compared to domestic products.

ITALY: Scotch Whisky Association wins copycat dispute

26 Jun 2009

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has won a long-running dispute against several copycat products in Italy.

UK: Summit promotes minimum pricing for alcohol

23 Jun 2009

A leading world health consultant has backed the Scottish Government's proposal to set a minimum price on alcoholic drinks.

CANADA: Scotch Whisky Association loses Glen Breton appeal

12 Jun 2009

Canadian single malt whisky producer Glenora Distillers is celebrating victory in its legal battle with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) over its 'Glen Breton' brand.

CHINA: Pernod Ricard extends trademark protection for Chivas Regal

10 Jun 2009

Pernod Ricard's Chivas Regal Scotch whisky has extended its trademark protection in China, as the French firm tells just-drinks that drinks companies continue to face a battle against counterfeits in the country.

CANADA: Scotch Whisky Association appeals against Glen Breton distiller

9 Jun 2009

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is to appeal a Canadian court ruling allowing a Nova Scotia distillery to call its product ‘Glen Breton’.

just the answer – United Spirits

4 Jun 2009

Like prominent Indian companies in many sectors, spirits producer United Spirits India has not only benefited from the rapid development of its domestic market but is also expanding its own international horizons. In this month’s just the answer, Chris Mercer spoke with United Spirits' president Vijay Rekhi.

UK: Scotch whisky distillers to cut fossil fuel use

4 Jun 2009

Scotch whisky companies have pledged to cut their use of fossil fuels by 80% by 2050, under an industry-wide environmental strategy.

INDIA: Diageo close to deal in Tamil Nadu - report

3 Jun 2009

Diageo is to become the first international spirits firm to enter the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, after securing a deal with state authorities, according to a report.

just the round-up - The week in drinks

22 May 2009

The top ten stories published on just-drinks this week:

UK: Scotch whisky distilleries escape alcohol display ban

19 May 2009

Scotch whisky distilleries will escape a crackdown on alcohol displays, devised by Scotland's Government as part of its strategy to tackle alcohol abuse.

CHINA: Scotch whisky protection talks to be held

18 May 2009

Scotch Whisky Association CEO Gavin Hewitt will this week hold fresh talks with Chinese officials on securing better protection for authentic Scotch in China.

just the round-up - The week in drinks

15 May 2009

The top ten stories published on just-drinks this week:

UK: Minimum pricing threat to Scotch whisky exports - SWA

13 May 2009

Minimum pricing on alcoholic drinks in Scotland could set a precedent for foreign governments that would be "immensely damaging", Scotch Whisky Association chairman Paul Walsh has said.

UK: Scotch whisky exports rise, volumes slip in '08 - figures

8 May 2009

Scotch whisky exports rose 8% to a record GBP3bn (US$4.5bn) in 2008, but the industry faces a tougher 2009 amid declines in key established and emerging markets, new Scotch Whisky Association figures show.

just the round-up - The week in drinks

8 May 2009

The top ten stories published on just-drinks this week:

INDIA: Scotch whisky progress on tax barriers

1 May 2009

The Scotch Whisky Association has hailed new progress in its battle to force Indian states to reduce import tax on spirits, but the body has rejected claims that the issue is settled.

just the answer – Diageo

30 Apr 2009

As owner of some of the world’s most successful alcohol brands, Diageo clearly recognises the importance of innovation. Olly Wehring spoke with Syl Saller, global innovations director at Diageo, about its brand innovation strategy and the role innovation can play in battling the recession.

Focus - Spirits industry calls for tougher action on counterfeiting

28 Apr 2009

The growing problem of spirits counterfeiting not only results in loss of revenue for spirits companies but more alarmingly continues to cost lives. Keith Nuttall and Emma Jackson report on attempts by trade organisations and governments to address the issue.

UK: Molson Coors chief seeks Chancellor tax meeting

23 Apr 2009

The chief executive of Molson Coors is calling for a meeting with the Chancellor following the 2% increase in beer duty in yesterday’s (22 April) budget.

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