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UK: Wine & Spirit Trade Association still eyeing "options" after Budget beer blow

17 Apr 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has said it is continuing to assess its legal options in light of the UK Government's singling out of beer in last month's Budget.

AUS: Cidermakers cry foul over spirits industry's tax call - report

4 Apr 2013

Australia's cidermakers and spirits producers have locked horns over alcohol tax ahead of next month's Budget, according to local reports.

Comment - UK Budget: Has George Osborne Avoided a Hangover?

21 Mar 2013

George Osborne must think he can walk into any pub in the UK today and be treated to a free pint.

UK: Budget - WSTA claims beer duty escalator move could be illegal

20 Mar 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has hit out at the UK Government's decision to scrap the duty escalator for beer and has claimed that the move may not be legal.

UK: Sparkling wine only off-trade winner in 2012 - figures

18 Mar 2013

Sparkling wine was the only alcohol category in the UK off-trade to see volume rises in the past 12 months, according to latest figures.

UK: Confusion reigns over new EU rules on RTDs - WSTA

7 Mar 2013

UK drinks producers are facing “serious confusion” over new European Union rules affecting the classification of ready-to-drink products, according to a trade group in the country.

UK: WSTA calls for below-cost ban as minimum price alternative

11 Feb 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has urged the UK Government to reconsider its ban on below-cost sales as an alternative to minimum pricing.

UK: WSTA chief fears duty escalator is here to stay

11 Feb 2013

The head of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has admitted that the UK Government's duty escalator is likely to remain in place for the next two years, despite lobbying efforts by the industry.

UK: Government re-launches TV ad warning over drinking levels

8 Feb 2013

The UK Government is reviving a TV advertising campaign urging people to lower their alcohol intake.

just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

1 Feb 2013

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

UK: WSTA launches minimum pricing campaign

28 Jan 2013

A new UK industry campaign has been launched aiming to highlight "unfair" minimum pricing and galvanise public opposition to the measure.

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

20 Dec 2012

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

UK: Wine, spirits off-trade volumes slide in 2012 - study

5 Dec 2012

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned against further regulatory pressure on the industry after its latest survey showed UK off-trade volumes fell this year.

UK: WSTA hits out at youth drinking report

21 Nov 2012

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has criticised a new report on youth drinking, saying it fails to acknowledge a rising abstention rate among UK adolescents.

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.

UK: Gin sales rise, but overall alcohol sales down

13 Sep 2012

Gin has bucked a decline in overall UK alcohol sales in the last year to post a 2% rise in volumes and 8% value increase, a new report has revealed.

UK: WSTA welcomes UK economist to address conference

23 Aug 2012

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association in the UK has recruited Sir Howard Davies to make the keynote address at its annual conference next month.

UK: Proof-of-age scheme appoints new board members

9 Aug 2012

The UK's proof-of-age scheme, PASS, has appointed four new members to its board as it continues to help crack down on under-age sales.

UK: Trade bodies dispute that alcohol advertising ban would work

19 Jul 2012

A ban on alcohol advertising in France has had "no significant" impact on harm, a trade body has said.

UK: BSDA appoints WSTA's Partington as new director general

9 Jul 2012

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has appointed Gavin Partington as its new director general.

UK: New WSTA chief executive takes up role

22 Jun 2012

The Wine and Spirirt Trade Association's new chief executive, Miles Beale, has officially started in the role this week.

UK: Off-trade premium wine sales up 32% in a year

13 Jun 2012

UK consumers’ tastes for premium products is growing as a report has revealed that sales of higher-priced wine in the country leapt by 32% in the off-trade in the year to the end of April.

UK: WSTA voices concern over rise in alcohol deaths

31 May 2012

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has admitted a reported rise in UK alcohol-related deaths is “concerning”, but welcomed a review of how hospital admissions involving drink are calculated.

just-drinks' State of the UK Nation 2012 - Part I

29 May 2012

Presented earlier this month at the London International Wine Fair, here, for just-drinks members, is May's management briefing, just-drinks' State of the UK Nation 2012 survey. Here's part one of four.

just-drinks' State of the UK Nation 2012 – Part II

29 May 2012

Presented earlier this month at the London International Wine Fair, this month's management briefing for just-drinks members, is our State of the UK Nation 2012 survey. Part one can be found here, while part two continues with the survey's questions.

just-drinks' State of the UK Nation 2012 – Part III

29 May 2012

Presented earlier this month at the London International Wine Fair, this month's management briefing for just-drinks members, is our State of the UK Nation 2012 survey. Part two can be found here, while part three continues with the survey's questions.

just-drinks' State of the UK Nation 2012 – Part IV

29 May 2012

Presented earlier this month at the London International Wine Fair, this month's management briefing for just-drinks members is our State of the Nation 2012 survey of the wine trade in the UK. Part three can be found here, while this, the final part, looks at the results of the final set of questions.

UK: Wine drinkers still favour familiarity over special offers - survey

21 May 2012

More wine drinkers in the UK are choosing a brand they know or like, ahead of a bottle on special offer, according to a new survey.

UK: WSTA appoints new chief executive

20 Mar 2012

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has appointed a new chief executive, from the public sector, to start in June.

UK: Sparkling wine draws fizz from Champagne

6 Mar 2012

Consumers in the UK are ditching Champagne for lower-priced sparkling wine amid tough economic times, new figures suggest.

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