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UK gin volumes set for 30% jump over next 12 months - figures

7 Aug 2019

A spirits trade group has forecast UK gin volumes will jump by almost a third over the next 12 months.

UK warehousing costs jump as alcohol industry readies for no-deal Brexit - WSTA

24 Jul 2019

Britain's alcohol industry is prepping for a no-deal Brexit but stockpiling measures have been hit by the rising cost of warehouse space, a UK trade group has warned.

Warehousing scarcity adds to Brexit pressure on wine

20 May 2019

The UK wine industry is fighting a "massive shortage" of warehouse space as companies pay the price for an extended Brexit deadline, a debate in London has heard.

Trade groups attack Scotland's deposit return system proposal

8 May 2019

A drinks trade association has warned that a deposit return system (DRS) outlined today by the Scottish Government could add "considerable costs" to producers forced to make separate packaging for the country.

UK wine bottling hubs at risk from Brexit - WSTA

10 Jan 2019

UK wine bottling hubs such as Accolade Park may be forced out of the country if Brexit goes ahead, the WSTA has told a parliamentary group.

UK drinks companies "already struggling" with Brexit - Wine & Spirit Trade Association

3 Jan 2019

The trade association for the UK's wine and spirits industries has warned that its members are having to deal with "Brexit-induced challenges", even though the country has yet to leave the European Union.

WSTA appoints E&J Gallo's Paul Sorrentino, Cotswolds Distillery's Daniel Szor to board

6 Nov 2018

UK trade group the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has named two new board members.

UK wine consumers paying high price for Brexit - figures

27 Sep 2018

The average price of a bottle of wine in the UK has reached an all-time high, rising by almost GBP0.30 (US$0.40) since the EU referendum in June 2016, according to trade body the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

No end in sight for UK gin growth - figures

18 Sep 2018

Combined domestic and export sales of UK gin have more than doubled in the last five years, according to figures released today.

UK gin exports in 2018 set to double over 2008 - figures

14 Aug 2018

Exports of gin in the UK continue to rise, according to figures released this week, with full-year shipments forecast to come in twice as high as ten years ago.

Wine & Spirit Trade Association calls for post-Brexit FTAs wth Australia, New Zealand

26 Jan 2018

UK trade body the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has urged the country's Government to prioritise a free-trade agreement with Australia and New Zealand, once the UK leaves the European Union.

UK rum sales on course to grow in 2017 - study

2 Jan 2018

UK rum sales are expected to break GBP1bn (US$1.35bn) in 2017, a new study has shown.

UK gin volumes jump 18% as spirit becomes nation's favourite - figures

18 Dec 2017

Gin volumes in the UK climbed by almost one-fifth this year as the white spirit's popularity soared to new heights, figures have shown.

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.

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.

Treasury Wine Estates' Tom King to sit on Wine and Spirit Trade Association board

21 Aug 2017

Treasury Wine Estates’ European head, Tom King, has joined the board of the UK’s Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

UK sparkling wine sales continue to fizz - research

2 Aug 2017

Sparkling wine sales in the UK rose 12% in 2016, according to new research by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. 

No deal in Brexit talks "totally unacceptable" warns UK Wine & Spirit Trade Association

19 Jun 2017

As the UK and the European Union kick off formal exit negotiations, the UK’s Wine & Spirit Trade Association has called for the country’s Government to do all it can to avoid a ‘no deal’ outcome.

Taxable sales of spirits overtake beer in UK - figures

6 Jun 2017

Spirits sales generated more tax than sales of beer in the UK for the first time, according to recently-released figures.

New UK distillery licences up by a third in 2016 - figures

19 Apr 2017

The number of new distillery licences issued by the UK Government last year increased by more than 30% on 2015, according to figures released this week.

UK, European Union wine industries show united front as Brexit begins

29 Mar 2017

Wine trade groups in both the UK and Europe have said they are united in the fight for a free-trade agreement, on the day the UK triggered Article 50 and started the process of leaving the European Union.

Brexit customs paperwork offers fertile ground for alcohol smuggling - WSTA

27 Mar 2017

The UK’s exit from the European Union could create ideal conditions for alcohol smugglers in the years ahead, the country’s trade body for wine and spirits has warned.

Drinks industry welcomes European Commission's alcohol labelling decision

13 Mar 2017

The drinks industry has hailed a move by the European Commission to allow alcohol companies to propose their own labelling guidelines. 

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.

UK wine, spirits well-placed to ride Brexit wave - Wine & Spirit Trade Association

27 Jan 2017

The UK's decision to leave the European Union offers opportunities for the country's wine and spirits categories in markets beyond Europe, the head of the UK's Wine & Spirit Trade Association has forecast.

"There are some bright sides to Brexit" - Interview, Miles Beale, chief executive, UK Wine & Spirit Trade Association - Part II

26 Jan 2017

In this, the second part of our interview the head of the UK's Wine & Spirit Trade Association, Miles Beale looks beyond the European Union and sees cause for optimism, despite the uncertainty of recent months.

Row erupts over 'British Fizz' term as Wine & Spirit Trade Association hits out at GI application

19 Jan 2017

A UK wine trade body has criticised an attempt to secure official protected geographical status for English sparkling wine under the name "British Fizz".

US thirst for gin drives UK exports - figures

3 Oct 2016

British gin exports to the US market have risen by more than 500% the last decade, according to new figures. 

Brexit - What is certain is that nothing is certain - Editor's Viewpoint

14 Sep 2016

Attending the UK Wine & Spirits Trade Association’s annual conference in London yesterday, I was particularly struck by one thought: Stripping out every use of the words "if", "could", "might", probably" and "likely" would have made the whole event a darn sight shorter. The main topic of the day? Of course: Brexit.

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