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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.

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.








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