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World Spirits Alliance trade organisation comes into being

10 Jul 2019

A raft of spirits companies and trade organisations have combined forces to create a worldwide trade association for the spirits category.

Diageo hails "healthy tension" in Scotch whisky rule change

2 Jul 2019

Diageo's global head of innovation has welcomed a rule change on Scotch whisky production, describing the move as an example of the "healthy tension" between tradition and consumer demands.

Spirits trade groups take aim at Scotch tariff threat in US

2 Jul 2019

US and UK spirits trade groups have expressed their dissatisfaction at the news that the Donald Trump administration may impose tariffs on Scotch whisky imports.

Scotch Whisky Association opens door to Tequila-cask Scotch as production rules relaxed

18 Jun 2019

Scotch distillers could be allowed to mature whisky in Tequila and other casks under new rules that loosen restrictions on how the spirit is produced.

Blended Scotch sales & volumes in UK to fall 4% by 2022 - data

12 Jun 2019

The blended Scotch category will remain under pressure in the UK over the next three years, a new report has said, with sales and volumes expected to decline.

Why brown spirits is behind the low- & no-alcohol curve - Comment

11 Jun 2019

With the booming trend of no-abv white 'spirits', Neil Ridley wonders whether the dark spirits sector will follow suit and who will be the first to really crack the potentially flavoursome formula.

BrewDog looks to bring colourful reputation to Scotch - Focus

23 May 2019

As a brewer, BrewDog is no stranger to confrontation. The company's next run-in, however, could be with the rule makers of the spirits industry as the Scottish start-up's distilling arm looks to make its mark. As the launch of a BrewDog Scotch whisky approaches, the company has some bracing words for that most venerable of gatekeepers, the Scotch Whisky Association.

Scotch Whisky Association secures South Korea certification trademark for Scotch

15 May 2019

The trade association for Scotch whisky has successfully registered the product in South Korea, as the group continues to secure post-Brexit protection.

Exports hit another high for Scotch in 2018 - data

12 Feb 2019

Scotch whisky exports to the US broke the GBP1bn barrier for the first time last year, according to figures released today.

US, UK agree post-Brexit whisk(e)y protection

5 Feb 2019

Trade organisations in the US and UK have welcomed a move by both countries to protect whisk(e)y terms after Brexit.

Premium Scotch boosts H1 2018 export growth as blends catch up

19 Oct 2018

Scotch whisky export growth accelerated in the first half of the year as premium sales continued to drive the category.

Scotch whisky granted legal protection against fakes in South Africa

6 Aug 2018

The Scotch Whisky Association has said the registration of 'Scotch Whisky' as a trademark in South Africa will make it easier to fight counterfeits in the category's seventh-largest market by volume.

Why Irish whiskey must learn to manage its time - Comment

19 Jun 2018

Is the renaissance of Irish whiskey about to hit its first major bump along the emerald pathway? Neil Ridley looks at what can be learnt as the segment's popularity continues to rise.

Why consumers don't yet know about your sustainability efforts - Sustainability Spotlight

30 May 2018

A recently-published study suggests consumers may not be as drawn to Anheuser-Busch InBev's new 100% renewable electricity icon as the brewer might hope for. But, Ben Cooper writes, there are factors other than consumer sentiment driving the beverage sector's investment in renewable energy.

Scotch Whisky Association calls for continued trade policy influence post-Brexit - just-drinks exclusive

2 Mar 2018

The trade organisation for the Scotch whisky industry has called for the UK Government to ensure it retains influence over regulations and trade rules following the country’s departure from the European Union.

Brexit boost for Scotch whisky as main markets drive export high - figures

9 Feb 2018

Increases for Scotch whisky’s top three global markets by value helped drive the category to record export sales highs last year, new figures show.

The wine category in 2017 - just-drinks' Review of the Year, Part III - FREE TO ACCESS

12 Dec 2017

As the year draws to a close, just-drinks takes a look back at the stories that have made the headlines across the global drinks industry over the last 12 months. In this, the third in our four-part category review, Ben Cooper considers how 2017 has treated the wine sector.

The spirits category in 2017 - just-drinks' Review of the Year, Part I - FREE TO ACCESS

5 Dec 2017

With 2017 drawing to a close, just-drinks looks back at the stories that have made the headlines across the global drinks industry. Here, deputy editor Lucy Britner picks out the highs and lows for the spirits category.

Brexit effect fails to move needle on Scotch production - Diageo

30 Nov 2017

Diageo has quelled speculation that it has moved to slow its production of Scotch whisky, in light of the UK's vote to leave the European Union last year.

Spirits industry eyes boost as China cuts tariffs

24 Nov 2017

Industry trade groups have welcomed a move by China to cut tariffs on some of its spirits categories.

Thirst for premium whisky pushes Scotch export values up, volumes down in H1 2017

2 Nov 2017

Scotch whisky exports were up more than 3% in value terms during the first six months of 2017, though volumes dropped in the period, further indicating a move by consumers towards higher priced whiskies. 

European alcohol industry joins forces to "nail down" Brexit position

18 Oct 2017

UK alcohol trade bodies have joined with their European counterparts to form a united front on Brexit.

Scotch whisky's UK sales fall by one million bottles in H1 - figures

12 Oct 2017

UK Scotch whisky sales fell 3% in the first six months of the year, new government figures have revealed.

Spirits category praises Canada-EU trade deal as CETA comes into effect

21 Sep 2017

The spirits industry has hailed the implementation of a new trade deal that eliminates almost all import tariffs between Canada and the EU.

Scotch Whisky Association applies for GI in New Zealand

29 Aug 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association has applied for Geographical Indication status in New Zealand. 

Brexit could boost Scotch whisky's Indian aspirations - Diageo Capital Markets Day 2017

11 May 2017

The UK's decision to leave the European Union could help speed up the Scotch whisky category's presence in the burgeoning Indian spirits market, according to the head of Diageo.

Brexit bounce puts Scotch whisky exports back on FY 2016 growth track - figures

28 Apr 2017

Brexit helped Scotch whisky exports return to growth last year as a weakened Pound pushed their total value up by 4%, new figures show.

Spirits leads the latest invasion of Africa - Comment

3 Apr 2017

Last month, Diageo handed the microphone to the head of its operations in Africa. Spirits commentator Ian Buxton was among those of us who listened in.

Scotch Whisky Association welcomes Scotland Food & Drink growth plan

27 Mar 2017

The trade body for Scotch whisky has hailed a Scottish move to drive growth across the country's farming, fishing, food and drink sectors.

Drinks industry "disappointed" over UK alcohol duty rise, sugar tax details confirmed

8 Mar 2017

Trade bodies across the UK drinks industry have expressed frustration over the Government's decision today to increase alcohol duty in line with inflation.





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