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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.

Berry Bros' Jago replaces Pernod Ricard's O'Flynn at Wine & Spirit Trade Association

14 Sep 2016

The outgoing head of Pernod Ricard's UK division has handed over the chairmanship of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association to Berry Brothers & Rudd chief Dan Jago.

UK gin sales hit new high - figures

12 Sep 2016

Gin sales in the UK have broken the GBP1bn (US$1.34bn) barrier, according to recently-released figures.

Wine and Spirit Trade Association welcomes Brexit minister

15 Jul 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has said it is "encouraged" by the appointment of a Brexit secretary in a major UK government reshuffle.

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.

UK gin sales surge in on-trade - figures

9 Mar 2016

Gin sales have jumped 20% in the UK's bars and restaurants, figures for the most recent 12-month period have shown.

Industry urges caution as UK tells men to drink less alcohol

8 Jan 2016

The UK drinks industry has reacted with caution to new dietary guidelines that have slashed the recommended maximum unit alcohol intake.

Treasury Wine Estates to publish wine calories

7 Dec 2015

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is to provide calorie information across its entire portfolio of bottled wine.

Does your brand speak to Generation Z? How to inspire loyalty in the new ‘me’ generation - Analysis

17 Sep 2015

There was a time when bars served beer in any old pint glass, fathers had their one brand of whisk(e)y and consumer feedback was received by post. Now, branded glassware is a given, no one wants to drink what their parents did and social media posts can go viral in minutes. In today's crowded market place, how do you get consumers to be loyal to your brand?

UK wine drinkers cool on brand loyalty - research

14 Sep 2015

UK wine drinkers regularly change brands and have "little or no brand loyalty", according to a report from the country's Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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28 Jul 2015

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Off-trade price rises slow in UK as beer gets cheaper - figures

27 Mar 2015

Price increases in the UK off-trade have slowed in the past year, with the cost of beer declining, according to recent figures.

UK lawmakers urge EU alcohol tax shake-up

6 Mar 2015

A group of UK lawmakers have called for reforms to the European Union's alcohol tax regime after branding the current system “illogical”.

Sparkling wine sales still shining in UK - figures

22 Dec 2014

Sparkling wine continues to be the star performer in the UK off- and on-trade in 2014, while the flavoured vodka category has endured mixed fortunes, according to latest figures.

WSTA hits back over Sheffield University minimum pricing report

2 Oct 2014

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association has dismissed fresh calls for minimum unit pricing (MUP) in the UK after a new report claimed a floor price would be far more effective than the Government's current policy.

UK: Flavoured rum off-trade sales storm ahead - figures

16 Sep 2014

Flavoured and spiced rums saw impressive growth in the UK off-trade over the early summer, while imported whiskies also performed strongly, latest figures show.

UK: Wine & Spirit Trade Association overhauls website

11 Mar 2014

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has revamped its website, allowing members to search its database of checklists and guidance for the UK market.

UK: WSTA defends industry "influence" on minimum pricing U-turn

8 Jan 2014

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has branded as “fundamentally flawed” an investigation from senior doctors that claims the UK government was “subverted” by the drinks industry over a U-turn on minimum pricing.

UK: WSTA unveils campaign to end duty rises

18 Dec 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has officially launched its campaign to persuade the UK Government to end automatic duty increases in next year's Budget.

UK: Single malt Scotch on-trade sales slow after summer surge - figures

12 Dec 2013

UK on-trade sales of single malt Scotch whisky have slowed towards the end of this year, new figures have shown.

UK: Scotland's multi-buy ban under fire from health chiefs

26 Nov 2013

Health experts have branded Scotland's ban on multi-buy alcohol promotions “ineffective” after more research showing that the measure has not affected sales.

UK: Inverarity Morton eyes England with Forth Wines buy

24 Oct 2013

Inverarity Morton (IM), a Scottish wines and spirits merchant, has bought Forth Wines for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.

UK: Illicit alcohol market shrinks - figures

14 Oct 2013

The size of the illicit market for alcohol in the UK shrunk last year, but remains significant, according to latest Government estimates.

UK: Wine & Spirit Trade Association calls for fairer taxes

26 Sep 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has launched a new campaign demanding a fairer taxation system in the UK and an end to the duty escalator.

UK: On-trade volumes suffer over summer, but off-trade stays solid - Figures

6 Sep 2013

UK on-trade alcohol volumes fell by 6% over the early part of the summer, but wine and spirits bucked the trend, latest figures have revealed.

UK: EU wine rules shake-up still on UK Government agenda

15 Aug 2013

The UK Government has vowed to press on with its bid to force the European Union (EU) to change its rules on the definition of wine.

UK: Government drops minimum unit pricing

17 Jul 2013

The UK Coalition Government has officially abandoned plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol in England and Wales.

UK: RTDs fail to shake-off price rises as off-trade volumes fall

20 Jun 2013

RTD sales and volumes in the UK off-trade have dropped in the past quarter as prices continue to rise, according to latest Nielsen figures.





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