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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.

UK: Majestic Wine shakes off Christmas snow

6 Jan 2011

UK retailer Majestic Wine has reported an increase in sales over the key Christmas trading period, despite concerns that poor weather could have hit retail sales in the country.

UK: British Beer & Pub Association wants tax reprieve

23 Dec 2010

The British Beer & Pub Association has called for a last-minute reprieve on the proposed rise in value added tax, due to the bad weather in the UK.

UK: WSTA chief expects tough 2011 for wine

22 Dec 2010

The CEO of the UK's Wine & Spirit Trade Association has said that tough conditions in the country's wine industry are likely to remain in 2011.

UK: Gin & Vodka Association shuts up shop

16 Dec 2010

UK trade body The Gin & Vodka Association has announced that it is to cease operations.

UK: Survey flags online wine sales potential

15 Dec 2010

Consumers in the UK spend more on wine when they buy online, according to a YouGov survey that suggests strong growth potential for internet wine sales.

UK: Minister invites industry to tackle alcohol misuse

15 Sep 2010

The UK's Parliamentary Under Secretary for Crime Prevention has reiterated the Coalition Government's stance that central government should no longer be the sole “owner” of reducing the social ills stemming from alcohol misuse in the UK.

UK: Government opens consultations on alcohol sales

28 Jul 2010

The UK Government has officially launched consultations on its plans to overhaul drinks licensing laws and ban below-cost sales of alcohol.

UK: Former Majestic head joins Enotria

19 Jul 2010

UK wine importer and distributor Enotria has recruited the former chief executive of wine retailer Majestic to its board of directors.

UK: Rosé wine year for the on-trade

13 Jul 2010

One in ten bottles of wine bought in UK bars and restaurants is now rosé, as the country's love affair with 'pink' wine continues to flourish, new figures show.

UK: Morrisons backs floor price for alcohol

10 Jun 2010

Supermarket chain Morrisons has become the latest company to call for a base price on alcoholic drinks in the UK.

UK: Tesco backs minimum price for alcohol

21 May 2010

The UK's largest supermarket chain, Tesco, has publicly backed a minimum price for alcoholic drinks after the country's new Government promised a tougher approach to harmful drinking.

GLOBAL: Fraud warning as Bordeaux '09 vintage stuns critics

28 Apr 2010

Wine trade leaders fear that the critically acclaimed Bordeaux 2009 vintage will foster fraudulent 'front' companies that will attempt to swindle investors by selling wine that doesn't exist.

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