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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.

UK - Budget 2010: Jobs warning as Government hikes alcohol duty tax

24 Mar 2010

Drinks trade bodies have reacted with widespread disappointment to news that UK Chancellor Alistair Darling will raise duty tax on drinks for the fourth time in two years.

UK: Drinks industry fears duty tax hike

3 Mar 2010

There is growing pressure from UK Government ministers for a significant hike in duty tax on spirits in the upcoming UK Budget, according to drinks industry leaders.

UK: Freeze duty tax, urges Wine & Spirit Trade Association

16 Feb 2010

The UK Government should freeze duty tax on wine and spirits in its upcoming annual Budget to prevent further job losses in the drinks industry, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has said.

UK: Drinks firms failing on labelling deal, says Government

15 Feb 2010

Alcoholic drinks firms may face mandatory labelling rules in the UK after a Government report revealed that the industry is failing to abide by a voluntary agreement to warn of the dangers of harmful drinking.

UK: WSTA announces policy manager switch

21 Jan 2010

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has confirmed a change of policy manager.

UK: Government to launch mandatory alcohol code

19 Jan 2010

Drinks industry leaders have offered a lukewarm response to the UK Government's plan to introduce a mandatory code on alcoholic drinks sales in the country.

UK: Conservative Government would overhaul alcohol sales rules

13 Jan 2010

A Conservative victory in this year's UK General Election would prompt an overhaul of licensing, marketing and labelling laws for alcoholic drinks.

UK: Government warns parents on underage drinking

17 Dec 2009

Children under the age of 15 should never be given alcohol and and teenagers under 18 should be supervised to help curb a culture for excess drinking in the UK, according to new Government advice.

UK: Scottish opposition comes down against minimum pricing plans

26 Nov 2009

Plans to set a minimum price for alcohol may be blocked by the Scottish Labour Party, which claims the policy is “untried, untested, unworkable and possibly illegal”.

Insight - Drinks industry nervous at UK VAT rise

11 Nov 2009

A restoration of value added tax to its standard 17.5% rate by the end of the year will be the “worst possible time” for making changes, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association has told just-drinks.

UK: WSTA urges cut in excise duty

10 Nov 2009

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is urging the UK Government to cut excise duty rates on wine and spirits when it restores value added tax to its standard 17.5% rate at the end of this year.

UK: WSTA offers services to cider makers

29 Oct 2009

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is to provide management services to the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM).

UK: Government waters down mandatory code on alcohol sales

15 Oct 2009

The UK Government is slimming down its proposal to introduce a mandatory code of practice for alcoholic drinks sales, just-drinks can confirm.

UK: Demand growing for lower alcohol wines - Tesco wine chief

1 Oct 2009

Demand for lower alcohol wines is growing, but many UK consumers still liken the use of technology to reduce alcohol content to the creation of "Frankenstein's Monster", according to the head wine buyer for Tesco.

UK: Two-thirds pint measure approved for bars

28 Sep 2009

Drinkers in the UK will soon be able to order beer and cider in two-thirds of a pint under new Government rules that have been welcomed by the industry.

UK: Government may scrap mandatory alcohol code

17 Sep 2009

Drinks industry bodies have welcomed a report that the UK Government is set to shelve plans to introduce a mandatory code of practice on alcohol retailing.

UK: Wine industry must shape up on environment - Direct Wines chief

17 Sep 2009

The wine industry must do more to improve its environmental credentials before it is forced to by authorities, the head of UK-based Direct Wines has warned.

Focus - Alcohol advertising safe in Tory hands

17 Sep 2009

The call last week by the British Medical Association (BMA) for an outright ban on alcohol advertising appeared to have little support in political circles or the media. Most crucially for the industry, it was rejected out of hand by the Conservative Party. With the Tories a racing certainty to take power in the next General Election, Ben Cooper casts an eye over Conservative thinking on alcohol policy.

UK: Alcohol debate becoming polarised - trade chief

16 Sep 2009

Campaign groups seeking ever greater extremes are distorting the debate over how to tackle excess drinking in the UK, the head of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has warned.

UK: Scotland tightens alcohol sales rules

1 Sep 2009

Tougher alcohol licensing laws have come into force in Scotland this week, as part of the ruling National Party's strategy to combat excess drinking and alcohol-related harm.

UK: WSTA to hold low alcohol wines forum

18 Aug 2009

A forum on the market prospects for low alcohol wine is to be held for retailers and producers by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association in the UK.

UK: WSTA slams mandatory alcohol code

13 Aug 2009

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has come out against the Government's planned mandatory code of practice for alcohol retailers.

UK: WSTA in legal battle to recoup funds

13 Aug 2009

The Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) has taken legal action to recover missing funds from its 2008 financial accounts.

UK: Retail of Alcohol Standards Group appoints consultant

28 Jul 2009

The Retail of Alcohol Standards Group (RASG) has appointed a consultant to develop the work of Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs) in tackling underage alcohol purchase and possession in the UK.

UK: Consumers lose taste for red wine - WSTA survey

10 Jul 2009

UK wine drinkers are consuming less red and more white and rosé wines, according to new research.

just the round-up - The week in drinks

15 May 2009

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





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