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Comment - Picking through the NICE report

2 Jun 2010

Meddling with the price of alcohol is going to be tricky for a Government that instinctively recoils from policies which might jeopardise free market competition.

just the facts - Scotch whisky exports

7 May 2010

Global exports of Scotch Whisky reached record levels in 2009 despite the economic downturn in some major markets, according to annual figures published by The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Comment - A Word with Woodard - Premium without the premium

29 Apr 2010

Following our discussion of premiumisation in the spirits industry with Diageo's CMO earlier this week, Richard Woodard queries a new, Scotch whisky addition to the price bracket. Is premiumisation a victory of style over substance? Or does it satisfy a genuine consumer desire? The answer, of course, is both.

GLOBAL: Scotch whisky discounting "unsustainable" - survey

22 Apr 2010

Almost a third of the Scotch whisky industry believes that the current discounting and promotional environment in Europe is unsustainable, according to a just-drinks survey.

GLOBAL: Scotch whisky exports climb in 2009 – figures

15 Apr 2010

Global exports of Scotch whisky reached record levels last year, according to recent figures, despite a drag in the Asia region.

UK - Budget 2010: Jobs warning as Government hikes alcohol duty tax

24 Mar 2010

Drinks trade bodies have reacted with widespread disappointment to news that UK Chancellor Alistair Darling will raise duty tax on drinks for the fourth time in two years.

UK: Scottish Gov't considers Scotch state of play

17 Mar 2010

The Scottish Parliament has held a meeting with senior members of the Scotch whisky industry today (17 March), to consider the state of the sector as well as future growth opportunities.

UK: Minimum pricing will decimate Whyte & Mackay - CEO

12 Mar 2010

The CEO of Whyte & Mackay has warned that the Scotch whisky group may "cease to exist" if Scotland's Government pushes ahead with plans to introduce a minimum price on alcoholic drinks.

EUR: European Court delivers minimum pricing ruling

5 Mar 2010

Scottish plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol have been dealt a blow by a ruling from the European Court of Justice.

Focus - Is minimum alcohol pricing dead in the water?

23 Feb 2010

Plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland appear to be faltering, while political support for such a move south of the border appears thin on the ground. With questionable legality under EU law a key stumbling block, Ben Cooper examines the question of minimum pricing in the context of the wider alcohol policy debate in the EU.

UK: Minimum pricing could cost Scotch whisky GBP600m

11 Feb 2010

A minimum price on alcoholic drinks in Scotland could cost the Scotch whisky industry up to GBP600m (US$937m), with authorities in key export markets likely to follow Scotland's lead, the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has warned.

Comment - A Word with Woodard - Spirits laws: The time is now

26 Jan 2010

Diageo’s recent court victory in the Vodkat “passing off” case has brought the world of spirit regulations into the headlines. But, according to Richard Woodard, two more low-profile announcements have arguably even more long-term significance for the category at large.

MALAYSIA/THAILAND: Scotch whisky gains trademark rights

26 Jan 2010

Scotch whisky distillers have welcomed news that Scotch will have protected name status in Malaysia and Thailand.

UK: Industry rubbishes damning MPs' report on alcohol

8 Jan 2010

Drinks industry leaders have rejected claims by a powerful group of MPs that the UK needs a minimum price on alcohol and that drinks makers have too much influence on Government policy.

GLOBAL: Scotch whisky distillers hail export resilience

9 Dec 2009

Scotch whisky distillers have claimed resilience to the economic downturn after export volumes crept up in the first nine months of 2009.

UK: Health Committee calls for evidence on Alcohol Bill

27 Nov 2009

Views on minimum pricing, off-sales discounts and raising the alcohol sales age to 21, have been called for by the Scottish Health and Sport Committee.

Comment - Minimum pricing down but not out

27 Nov 2009

The UK drinks industry will have to take a hit on pricing sooner or later, despite this week's reprieve in Scotland.

Update - UK: SWA warns against minimum pricing

26 Nov 2009

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has warned that minimum pricing will not address the issue of alcohol harm.

UK: Scotch Whisky law comes into force

23 Nov 2009

Landmark Scotch Whisky Regulations covering every aspect of the making, bottling, and labelling of Scotch Whisky have come into force today (23 November).

just the round-up - The week in drinks

20 Nov 2009

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

EUR: Scotch Whisky body offers alternative to minimum pricing

19 Nov 2009

The Scotch Whisky Association would accept a ban on alcohol sales below tax in place of a plan to introduce minimum pricing on drinks, the trade body has said.

UK: SWA defends new Scotch whisky rules

16 Nov 2009

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has defended new regulations covering Scotch whisky against criticism from some corners of the industry.

UK: Scotch whisky industry to continue lobbying on minimum pricing

10 Nov 2009

A vote in the Scottish Parliament has spurred on the Scotch whisky industry in its attempts to persuade the Scottish Government to drop plans for a minimum price on drinks.

UK: Scotch whisky protection measures set to become law

6 Nov 2009

New legal regulations covering Scotch whisky have been lined up to become law later this month in the UK.

Analysis - Premium Scotch whisky on the rocks?

26 Oct 2009

Recent figures from drinks heavyweights Pernod Ricard and Diageo suggest that premium Scotch whisky sales are suffering in the economic dowturn.

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.

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