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UK/INDIA: SWA falls again at latest Khoday India hurdle

5 Feb 2009

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) plans to continue its fight against Khoday India's Peter Scot whisky brand in India, despite its latest legal setback.

CANADA: Scotch Whisky Association eyes Glen Breton appeal

26 Jan 2009

The Scotch Whisky Association is considering an appeal against a ruling in Canada, allowing Glenora Distillery to continue using the brand name Glen Breton.

In the Spotlight - Alcohol tax hikes

23 Jan 2009

Tax hikes have taken centre stage in discussions between the alcohol industry and several national and state governments around the world over the last year. Michelle Russell reports on a global trend for raising drinks duty.

UK: Drinks industry unites for tax freeze

16 Jan 2009

Wine, beer and spirits sectors in the UK have united to press the government to abandon its plans for more duty tax rises this year.

UK: Russian whisky rivals no concern for Scotch - SWA

12 Jan 2009

Reports that a growing number of Russian distilleries are turning their stills to whisky do not pose a threat to Scotch growth, says the Scotch Whisky Association.

IRELAND: Irish whiskey seeks EU protection

8 Jan 2009

Irish whiskey distillers are in the advanced stages of drafting a document to give their products protected name status in the EU.

UK: Scotch whisky will ride out the downturn - SWA

22 Dec 2008

Scotch whisky producers remain optimistic as the spreading economic flu bug sees the industry facing its first rocky period for several years.

UK: Duty increase climbdown benefits spirits only

27 Nov 2008

A U-turn by the UK government on this week's alcohol duty increase has split the spirits and wine industries in the country.

UK: Drinks trade slams stealth duty rise in UK

25 Nov 2008

The spirits industry in the UK has attacked the latest duty increase introduced in the country in an attempt to ward off the global economic crisis.

INDIA: SWA chief attacks "Byzantine" alcohol duty structure in India

18 Nov 2008

The chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association has called for a more rational tax structure in India, attacking the country for its “Byzantine” state tax systems.

The just-drinks interview – Vijay Mallya, Part I

13 Nov 2008

Vijay Mallya’s UB Group is becoming an increasingly important player in the international drinks business, and the airlines to whisky billionaire is no stranger to being a big player. In the first instalment of this special two-part just-drinks interview, Olly Wehring asks Mallya about travel retail and his plans for Scotch whisky firm Whyte & Mackay which UB acquired last year.

UK: Whyte & Mackay hails whisky growth

24 Sep 2008

Scotch whisky group Whyte & Mackay has said its performance for the year looks "very healthy", offering more evidence that Scotch has bucked an economic downturn.

EU: Officials eye WTO action against India spirits tariffs

19 Sep 2008

EU trade officials are preparing to launch fresh action at the World Trade Organisation against India's wine and spirit import tariffs.

UK: Scotch whisky exports still rising - SWA

3 Sep 2008

Scotch whisky exports continued to rise in value this year, despite the economic slowdown across western markets, the Scotch Whisky Association has said.

UK: Scotch whisky passes marketing audit

29 Aug 2008

Scotch Whisky companies are meeting the highest standards of responsible brand marketing and promotion according to a recent audit.

CHINA: Scotch whisky gets trademark protection

15 Aug 2008

Scotch whisky is to receive official protection as a geographical indication in China, one of its most promising export markets.

just the round-up - The week in drinks

1 Aug 2008

The top ten most visited stories on just-drinks this week:

UK: Scotch whisky makers upset at WTO talks breakdown

30 Jul 2008

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has expressed its frustration at the collapse of World Trade Organisation talks.

UK: Glenglassaugh Distillery joins Scotch Whisky Association

7 Jul 2008

The Glenglassaugh Distillery Company has become a member of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

UK: Scottish Govt to clamp down on alcohol misuse

17 Jun 2008

Scottish Government proposals to tackle alcohol misuse will involve the introduction of a minimum pricing strategy and a restriction of off-trade sales to over-21s.

just the round-up - The week in drinks

6 Jun 2008

The top ten most visited stories on just-drinks this week:

UK: Spanner dropped into Scotch whisky regulation proposals

5 Jun 2008

Consultation on the proposed new Scotch Whisky regulations has taken an unexpected and dramatic turn, with the suggestion for a controversial sixth sales category.

INDIA: SWA dismay at Khoday's Peter Scot whisky okay

2 Jun 2008

Khoday India has been given the legal all-clear to use the name 'Peter Scot' for its whisky brand in India.

CBC: If you ask me... Scotch whisky

1 May 2008

Last year, just-drinks took part in a working party, set up following the World Whiskies Conference in 2007, to look at how to raise the profile of Scotch whisky. At this year's conference, held in Glasgow last month, the results of that working party saw the light of day for the first time. Chris Brook-Carter takes a closer look at the findings.

GLOBAL: Scotch exports hit record levels in 2007 - figures

30 Apr 2008

Scotch whisky export value and volume reached record levels last year, according to industry figures released today (30 April).

UK: UB Group chief hits out at WTO threats

17 Apr 2008

The head of India’s UB Group has warned that the ongoing struggle against higher taxes on imported spirits into the country cannot be resolved through the World Trade Organisation.

The World Whiskies Conference - quote, unquote, Day 2

16 Apr 2008

This year’s World Whiskies Conference concludes today (15 April) with a look at a wide scope of issues concerning the industry, including innovation, legal definitions and future growth possibilities. Here’s a snapshot of who said what today.

UK: UB Group chief hands Scotch industry olive branch

15 Apr 2008

The head of India’s largest spirits company has played down reports of a rift between the country and the Scotch whisky industry.

UK: India warned over imported spirits tax treatment

15 Apr 2008

India has been warned that it must ensure “non-discriminatory tax treatment” for foreign spirits companies, or face a fresh complaint to the World Trade Organisation.

UK: Spirits industry, Government dialogue goes AWOL - SWA

15 Apr 2008

The recent budget hike on spirits in the UK could lead to “unintended consequences”, the Scotch Whisky Association has warned.

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