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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.

Scotch Whisky Association announces Karen Betts as chief executive

2 Mar 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association has confirmed the appointment of a former UK ambassador as its new chief executive.

Scotch Whisky Association urges MEPs to support EU-Canada trade deal

14 Feb 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association has called on Members of the European Parliament to vote in favour of a trade agreement between the European Union and Canada.

Scotch Whisky Association partners Scottish Craft Distillers Association to promote Scotch

9 Feb 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has said it will work with the Scottish Craft Distillers Association (SCDA) to support the broader Scotch whisky industry. 

What's coming up in spirits in 2017? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment

1 Feb 2017

Rounding off our series of predictions for the year ahead, Ian Buxton gives us his forecasts for whisk(e)y in the next 12 months.

The spirits category in 2016 - just-drinks' Review of the Year, Part II

23 Dec 2016

With 2016 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.

Scotch Whisky Association seeks quick Minimum Unit Pricing appeal after court grants permission

22 Dec 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association has said it is hoping for a final ruling on Scotland's Minimum Unit Pricing legislation next year, after it was granted permission to appeal to the UK's highest court.

Scotch Whisky Association partners Brazil's cachaca body

12 Dec 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and the Brazilian Institute of Cachaca (IBRAC) have signed an agreement to protect their respective categories. 

Scotch Whisky Association to appeal minimum unit pricing verdict

18 Nov 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association is to take its battle over minimum unit pricing out of Scotland with an appeal to the UK's highest court.

Scotch Whisky Association head David Frost to leave for foreign office role

25 Oct 2016

The chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, David Frost, is stepping down to become an advisor to UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

SWA considers appeal after Scottish minimum-pricing setback

21 Oct 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has said it may appeal to the UK's highest court after Scotland’s justice system delivered a major blow to its efforts against minimum pricing.

What have we learned from Scotch whisky's performance in 2016? - Comment

4 Oct 2016

This month, spirits commentator Ian Buxton ponders the conclusions bandied about following the publication of Scotch whisky export numbers for the first six months of 2016.

SWA wins Scotch trademark protection in Taiwan

27 Sep 2016

Taiwan has joined the list of high-value markets where Scotch is registered as a trademark.

Scotch whisky H1 exports rediscover volumes growth but value still down

16 Sep 2016

Scotch whisky exports grew six-month volumes for the first time in three years, new figures show, but sales remained down as key markets Taiwan and France underperformed.

India alcohol standards "good for consumers" - Scotch Whisky Association

16 Sep 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association has welcomed new draught regulations in India that bring authorities one step closer to having clear definitions for alcohol categories.

Brexit threatens Scotch whisky tariffs - SWA

3 Aug 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association has warned of major uncertainty ahead as Brexit puts the UK's tariff-free access to important global markets including South Korea and South Africa at risk.

The UK Referendum - just-drinks Live Blog

24 Jun 2016

Yesterday, the UK voted to leave the European Union. The result of the referendum fell 52% in favour of the so-called 'Brexit'. We'll keep you up to date throughout the day on drinks industry reaction.

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