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UK: Scots online alcohol crackdown plans "unenforceable" - WSTA

20 Dec 2012

Plans to restict online alcohol sales in Scotland have been branded “unenforceable”.

UK: SWA "puzzled" over minimum pricing plans

12 Dec 2012

The chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association's council has said the industry is “puzzled” at the Scottish Government's efforts to enforce minimum pricing.

SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA: Scotch producers welcome LatAm trade deals

11 Dec 2012

Scotch whisky producers are set to benefit from “fairer” market conditions in Latin America after the signing of new trade deals.

NEW ZEALAND: SWA wins legal appeal over 'whisky-like' drink

7 Dec 2012

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has won a long-running trademark dispute in New Zealand involving a whisky-like drink that claims to "evoke the flavour of the Highlands".

Comment - Will Cameron Ever Call Time On His Drink Problem?

29 Nov 2012

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has a drink problem. He remains desperate to be seen to be tackling the UK's perceived problems with alcohol. But will he ever get there?

EUROPE: European Commission warns against minimum pricing plans

29 Nov 2012

The European Commission (EC) has urged the Scottish and UK Governments to abandon their plans for a minimum price as the measure is “disproportionate” and will be an obstacle to trade.

AUS: Treasury Wine Estates head warns over minimum pricing plans

29 Nov 2012

The boss of Treasury Wine Estates has hit out at Australia's plans for a minimum price on alcohol, claiming the measure would fail to address excessive drinking.

UK: Government consults on GBP0.45 minimum price

28 Nov 2012

The UK Government has launched a consultation on plans to set a minimum price of GBP0.45 per unit.

UK: SABMiller warns of minimum pricing's "unintended consequences"

28 Nov 2012

SABMiller has warned the Government over “unintended consequences” that a minimum pricing on alcohol could bring.

EUROPE: CEPS, EFRD confirm merger

27 Nov 2012

A new trade body representing spirits producers in Europe has been established following the merger of the European Spirits Organisation (CEPS) and the European Forum for Responsible Drinking (EFRD).

UK: Minimum pricing 'deeply flawed' - study

26 Nov 2012

Plans for a UK minimum price on alcohol have come under fresh attack as a consultation on the measure is due to be launched.

NEW ZEALAND: SWA steps up legal fight against 'whisky-like' MacGowans

23 Nov 2012

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has had an appeal over a trademark ruling involving a whisky-like drink that claims to "evoke the flavour of the Highlands" heard in New Zealand's High Court.

just The Answer - Bruichladdich CEO Simon Coughlin and commercial director Douglas Taylor

20 Nov 2012

Two months ago, French spirits and Champagne firm Remy Cointreau paid GBP58m (US$90.3m) for Islay Scotch maker Bruichladdich.

UK: Treasury launches tax crackdown on Scottish alcohol businesses

20 Nov 2012

A government taskforce targeting suspected tax cheats in the Scottish alcohol industry is hoping to recoup GBP4m (US$6.4m).

CHINA: Scotch Whisky Association calls for tougher action in fake Scotch fight

16 Nov 2012

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has said more must still be done in China to clamp down on fake Scotch after the UK government thanked officials for policing the illegal trade.

INDIA/UK: Gruppo Campari floated as buyer for Whyte & Mackay - analyst

12 Nov 2012

Whyte & Mackay is likely to be sold off in the wake of Diageo's United Spirits deal, with Gruppo Campari a potential buyer of the Glasgow-based business, according to an analyst.

UK: Scottish drink-drive limit cut gets MSPs' backing

5 Nov 2012

Plans to lower the drink-driving limit in Scotland have moved a step closer after MSPs gave it their support.

UK: Minimum pricing legal case delayed until January

25 Oct 2012

The Scotch Whisky Association's (SWA) legal bid to block minimum pricing has been delayed until next year after a request by the Scottish government.

UK: Minimum pricing will boost black market - study

22 Oct 2012

Minimum pricing is likely to cause more problems than it will fix by increasing the size of the UK's black market, the author of a new report has warned.

UK/CANADA: SWA rejects new report on Canada minimum pricing

19 Oct 2012

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has dismissed a report on minimum pricing's effectiveness in Canada, saying it repeats "basic economic theory".

UK: Westminster to join legal battle over Scottish minimum pricing

19 Oct 2012

The UK government, as well as the Scottish government, will give evidence in a landmark six-day court hearing on minimum pricing starting in Edinburgh next week, just-drinks has learnt.

AUS: Minimum pricing plans take a step further

16 Oct 2012

A government-commissioned report outlining plans for a minimum price on alcohol in Australia is due to be released this month, but the measure is facing fierce industry opposition.

UK: Scottish minimum pricing to be delayed until legal battle ends

15 Oct 2012

The Scottish government's plans for alcohol minimum pricing are facing a lengthy delay after ministers said the measure will not be implemented until legal challenges have concluded.

GLOBAL: Scotch whisky exports continue to rise - figures

2 Oct 2012

Scotch whisky exports rose in value by 12% to GBP4.2bn (US$6.78bn) in the year to the end of June, with the US remaining the biggest international market, latest figures show.

Comment - Minimum Pricing: We've Only Just Begun

20 Sep 2012

The debate around minimum pricing in the UK is starting to feel more than ever like a can of worms. I'm not quite sure, however, who has got the biggest mess to deal with.

INDIA: Coca-Cola Co focusses on India growth by creating separate operation

19 Sep 2012

The Coca-Cola Co has announced it is splitting its India and South West Asia (SWA) unit into two separate operations.

EUROPE: Bulgaria lodges objection to Scottish minimum pricing

14 Sep 2012

Bulgaria is the first European state to submit a formal objection to the European Commission over Scotland's plans for a minimum price, it has emerged.

UK: Whisky to benefit from Russia WTO membership, predicts SWA

24 Aug 2012

Whisky producers will get a boost from Russia joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as it will create a more "stable" business environment, a trade body has claimed.

UK: Higher taxes better than minimum pricing, argues OFT

16 Aug 2012

The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) says it believes raising alcohol duties, instead of minimum pricing, would be a better way to tackle problems.

just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

27 Jul 2012

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