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UK: Beer, wine duty up; spirits frozen

21 Mar 2007

UK Chancellor Gordon Brown has introduced index-linked increases to duty on beer, cider and wine in his latest Budget today (21 March). The Chancellor said that the duty on beer, cider and wine would rise in line with inflation. The tax on beer and cider will increase by 1p (US$0.02), while still wine faces a tax rise of 5p.

UK/INDIA: SWA unconvinced at Indian compromise call

12 Mar 2007

The Scotch Whisky Association has voiced scepticism at the Indian government’s assertion that it wants to find a compromise on the row over the country’s tariff regime.

UK/CANADA: SWA launches appeal in Canada row

12 Mar 2007

The Scotch Whisky Association has launched a fresh appeal to stop a Canadian distiller using the word “Glen” on one of its whiskies.

UK/INDIA: SWA urges action as EU mulls WTO push

6 Mar 2007

The Scotch whisky industry has reiterated its desire for India to cut its tariffs on imported spirits as the EU mulls whether to turn up the heat on the Indian government.

INDIA: India stands firm in spirits tax row

28 Feb 2007

The Indian government has refused to back down in the row over the country’s duties on imported spirits. India has been facing growing international pressure to reduce the tax on products imported into the country but has stood firm in its annual Budget, which was announced today (28 February).

INDIA/UK: India to back down on spirits tariffs?

31 Jan 2007

The Indian government has indicated to the EU that the country needs to reform its tariff regime on imported spirits and wine, just-drinks understands.

EU/UK: MEPs back plan to tighten Scotch regulations

31 Jan 2007

European politicians have backed plans to tighten EU regulations surrounding Scotch whisky.

CANADA: SWA loses Canadian whisky fight

25 Jan 2007

The Scotch Whisky Association has lost its trademark fight over a Canadian whisky.

UK: SWA introduces new-look consumer website

23 Jan 2007

The Scotch Whisky Association has launched a consumer website.

INDIA: EU, India start WTO duty negotiations

20 Dec 2006

European Union officials are in New Delhi today (20 December) in an attempt to broker a deal with the Indian government over the country’s tariff regime.

UK/CANADA: SWA in trademark fight over Canadian whisky

18 Dec 2006

The Scotch Whisky Association has urged Canada’s trademark authorities to block a local distiller from registering the Glen Breton trademark.

BELGIUM: EU appeals to WTO in India duty row

20 Nov 2006

The European Commission has asked the World Trade Organisation to get involved in its duty row with India. The move follows India’s failure to meet last Friday’s deadline, imposed by the EU, to promise to liberalise its strict tax structure on wines and spirits.

UK: Scotch industry plays down supply fears

30 Oct 2006

The Scotch Whisky Association has said today (30 October) that its members are relaxed about stock levels despite a warning that soaring demand in China has led to supply problems in the UK.

UK: Scotland moves to shed heavy drinking image

7 Sep 2006

Major drinks producers in Scotland are set to work with authorities to stem the tide of alcohol misuse in the country.

The Losh Cause – Havana Clubs

18 Aug 2006

With the battle between Pernod Ricard and Bacardi over the name Havana Club entering a new phase following Bacardi’s decision to launch its own rum of the same name in the US, Chris Losh asks whether Bacardi’s move is a legitimate step by a wronged company or a cynical attempt to cash in on another brand’s success.

EU: Commission attacks India's spirits tax

7 Aug 2006

A European Commission report has found “blatant violations” of WTO trade obligations in India’s tax regime on imported spirits and wines.

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