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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.

Focus - Alcohol Consumption Guidelines Under Scrutiny

12 Jan 2012

The recommendation by a House of Commons committee that consumers take two days off from drinking a week has thrust the issue of safe alcohol consumption guidelines back into the media spotlight. Ben Cooper reports.

GLOBAL: Wine sector agrees carbon emissions formula

7 Nov 2011

The International Organisation for Vine & Wine (OIV) has agreed a universal method for calculating carbon dioxide emissions in the wine industry.

just The Round-Up - The week in drinks

4 Nov 2011

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

UK: Jeremy Beadles to swap WSTA for Heineken

2 Nov 2011

Jeremy Beadles is to step down as CEO of the UK Wine & Spirit Trade Association and take up a post at Heineken.

just The Round-Up - The week in drinks

21 Oct 2011

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

UK: Wine & Spirit Trade Association nominates chairman

21 Oct 2011

The UK Wine & Spirit Trade Association has nominated Diageo's Nick Hyde as its next chairman.

UK: Police, WSTA issue wine fraud warning

17 Oct 2011

Fraudsters posing as wine importers in the UK have cost the sector GBP600,000 (US$944,000) in lost goods over the past five months, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

UK: Portman Group launches alcohol code review

14 Oct 2011

The Portman Group has launched a three-month consultation to garner opinion on how to update its marketing code of practice for alcoholic drinks.

GLOBAL: Alcohol is part of disease "epidemic" - United Nations

20 Sep 2011

The United Nations General Assembly has said that alcohol, tobacco and obesity are part of a non-communicable disease "epidemic" that could cost the global economy US$30tn over the next two decades.

just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

16 Sep 2011

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

UK: UK alcoholic drinks market breaking up - WSTA chief Beadles

14 Sep 2011

The CEO of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has said that the drinks industry must adapt to life in a divided UK market, as Scotland prepares to introduce tougher rules on alcohol sales.

just-drinks LIWF 2011 - Diary - 3 May

3 May 2011

Coming up at this year's London International Wine & Spirits Fair…

Corporate Social Responsibility – Part I: The UK

30 Mar 2011

The first part of March's management briefing looks at the alcoholic drinks industry's use of corporate social responsibility in the UK.

UK: Diageo calls UK spirits tax "unsustainable"

24 Mar 2011

Diageo has said that tax levels on some of its biggest-selling spirits brands in the UK will be "unsustainable", following duty tax rises announced by the Government.

Comment - Drinks Companies Take Responsibility for Their Own Destiny

15 Mar 2011

The Public Health Responsibility Deal, unveiled by the UK government today, underlines its commitment to voluntary company-led measures to tackle alcohol-related problems. However, Ben Cooper believes industry should not see this as a victory in itself. The actions themselves have to deliver.

The Alcohol Debate: From the Other Side – Part IV: Comment: Alcohol Debate Follows an All Too Familiar Pattern

25 Feb 2011

The alcohol policy debate was back in the spotlight earlier this month, with the publication of a paper in The Lancet warning of thousands of avoidable alcohol-related deaths if stronger action is not taken by the UK government. Ben Cooper, whose management briefing this month examines the various groups campaigning for tighter alcohol legislation, asks whether the debate needs to be so acrimonious.

UK: Drinks industry pleas for tax freeze

4 Feb 2011

Brewers, wine suppliers and distillers are urging the UK Government to abandon plans to increase duty tax on their drinks in the upcoming 2011 Budget.

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