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UK: Online drinks adverts face tougher checks

8 Jul 2010

The UK Government's advertising watchdog is set to enforce stricter rules for online marketing by the alcoholic drinks industry.

Comment - Portman Group takes a wrong turn

11 May 2010

The Portman Group has undermined efforts to promote responsible drinking by allowing companies to sell 14% abv alcohol in shot-sized test-tubes.

UK: Portman Group clears test-tube drinks

11 May 2010

The UK drinks industry's self-regulatory body, The Portman Group, has cleared the sale of alcoholic drinks in test-tubes in the country, rejecting complaints that the practice is irresponsible.

UK: Portman Group takes action over Yegaar labelling

23 Mar 2010

The UK's Portman Group is to take action against a drink it claims leaves consumers guessing whether it contains alcohol or not.

UK: Government sets out product placement rules

9 Feb 2010

The UK government has confirmed that it will maintain a ban on the placement of branded alcohol and soft drinks high in sugar in television programmes.

UK: Alcohol product placement set for scrapheap

5 Feb 2010

Plans to allow alcoholic drinks firms to pay to have their products visible in television programmes look set to be scrapped.

UK: Portman Group rejects "slur" on drinks industry

21 Jan 2010

The Portman Group, the drinks industry's self-regulatory body, has rejected a "slur" on the sector by the author of an article in the British Medical Journal.

UK: Portman Group urges caution over product placement

7 Jan 2010

The relaxing of product placement rules for television could undermine controls on alcohol marketing in the UK, according to the Portman Group.

UK: Portman Group bans Cornish cider brand

10 Dec 2009

A UK cider brand will be pulled from shop shelves after being labelled as irresponsible by the drinks industry's self-regulatory body.

UK: Brewdog Tokyo* beer banned by watchdog

3 Dec 2009

Scottish brewer BrewDog’s controversial Tokyo* beer has been banned from bars, clubs and shops across the UK by the Portman Group, the drinks industry's self-regulatory body.

UK: BrewDog buys first pub

30 Oct 2009

Scottish brewer BrewDog has bought its first pub, located in Aberdeen, for an undisclosed fee.

UK: Portman Group publishes digital marketing guidance

26 Oct 2009

The Portman Group, the UK drinks industry self regulatory body, has issued guidance to help alcohol producers avoid inadvertently targeting underage consumers through digital marketing.

UK: BrewDog welcomes former Skyy Spirits execs, launches share sale

21 Oct 2009

BrewDog has announced the arrival of two US investors, and the launch of a share sale to raise equity.

UK: Future gloom for test-tube drinks? Portman Group rules

14 Oct 2009

A ruling by the Portman Group's complaints panel in the UK has thrown the future of test-tube drink producers into doubt.

UK: Food Commission calls for tougher advert rules in cinemas

12 Oct 2009

The Food Commission has said it would like to see a system introduced that linked advertising restrictions on drinks ads to film ratings.

UK: Portman Group promotes drinks marketing code

28 Sep 2009

You have to be, and look, 25 to be shown drinking in any alcohol marketing, according to The Portman Group.

UK: Alcohol debate becoming polarised - trade chief

16 Sep 2009

Campaign groups seeking ever greater extremes are distorting the debate over how to tackle excess drinking in the UK, the head of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has warned.

UK: JD Wetherspoon hails real ale revival

11 Sep 2009

JD Wetherspoon, the UK pub chain, has become the latest to report rising demand for real ale over the last 12 months, and is to continue pushing the beers in the coming fiscal year.

UK: Doctors call for hardline stance on alcohol

8 Sep 2009

A ban on alcohol advertising, shorter licensing hours, minimum prices and a tax on the industry to fund education on alcohol abuse are four key measures needed to tackle excess drinking in the UK, the British Medical Association (BMA) has said.

UK: BrewDog faces Portman Group investigation

18 Aug 2009

Scottish brewer BrewDog is facing another investigation by the Portman Group after complaints were filed over its 18.2% Tokyo* beer.

UK: Portman Group appoints external chairman

14 Aug 2009

The UK’s leading drinks manufacturers have appointed Seymour Fortescue as the first non-industry chairman of self-regulatory body the Portman Group.

just the answer – United Spirits

4 Jun 2009

Like prominent Indian companies in many sectors, spirits producer United Spirits India has not only benefited from the rapid development of its domestic market but is also expanding its own international horizons. In this month’s just the answer, Chris Mercer spoke with United Spirits' president Vijay Rekhi.

UK: Portman Group sides with Greene King over "immoderate consumption" claim

28 May 2009

The Portman Group has ruled in favour of a brewer following a complaint from a member of the public in the UK.

UK: Portman Group orders removal of 247 Enterprises' Rampant TT

16 Apr 2009

A UK-based drinks company has been slammed by the Portman Group for breaching the group's code of practice in the country.

just the round-up - The week in drinks

13 Mar 2009

The top ten stories published on just-drinks this week:

UK: Portman forces Alcohol Brand’s ‘Baby’ drinks to re-brand

11 Mar 2009

Two UK drinks containing vodka are being forced to re-brand following a complaint under the Portman Group’s code of practice.

Comment - BrewDog heads rise of small brewers

4 Mar 2009

Scottish microbrewer BrewDog has emerged unscathed from a lengthy battle with the drinks industry's self-regulatory body to buck bad times for the UK beer market.

Focus - Scottish proposals provoke mixed reaction

3 Mar 2009

Legislation being proposed by the Scottish government would, if passed, represent some of the strictest alcohol regulation in the EU, so it’s no surprise that it has provoked widespread reaction. just-drinks takes a look at what politicians, industry, campaigners, academics and the medical community have been saying about the proposals announced on Monday.

UK: Scotland proposes minimum price for alcohol

2 Mar 2009

Scotland's government is to push ahead with plans to introduce a mininum price for alcoholic drinks, as part of a range of measures designed to tackle alcohol abuse.

UK: BrewDog drops Portman legal action

12 Feb 2009

BrewDog, the UK-based microbrewer, has dropped its legal action against the Portman Group less than a week after announcing its intention to sue the industry watchdog.





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