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UK: EU agrees wine allergen labelling extension

26 Feb 2009

The European Commission has agreed to extend the deadline for mandatory labelling of allergens in wines until the end of 2010, a UK drinks association has said.

UK: WSTA fires sales, jobs warning to wine trade

24 Feb 2009

A cocktail of higher taxes and recession is damaging wine sector growth in the UK and is threatening more job losses across the industry, figures from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) show.

UK: Under 15’s should never be given alcohol - Government

29 Jan 2009

Children aged under 15 should never be given alcohol, the UK’s chief medical officer said today (29 January).

UK: Government to release alcohol guidelines for kids

26 Jan 2009

The UK Department of Health will this Thursday issue a series of new guidelines for parents on the risks for young people who drink alcohol.

UK: WSTA reaches Southern hemisphere labelling agreement

15 Dec 2008

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has reached an agreement with drinks regulators that will ensure Southern hemisphere wine producers won’t be at a disadvantage when allergen labelling is implemented.

UK: Duty increase climbdown benefits spirits only

27 Nov 2008

A U-turn by the UK government on this week's alcohol duty increase has split the spirits and wine industries in the country.

UK: MPs call for minimum alcoholic drinks prices, promotions ban

10 Nov 2008

Minimum prices for alcohol, an end to promotions in bars and a new mandatory code of practice are three main pillars of a new Parliamentary report examining alcohol-related harm in the UK.

EU: Rules relaxed on low alcohol wines

7 Nov 2008

Experimental techniques used to reduce alcohol content in wines have been cleared by the EU.

UK: Consumers cutting back on wine spending - research

31 Oct 2008

UK consumers are reigning in their spending on wine, according to a survey from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

just the round-up - The week in drinks

24 Oct 2008

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

UK: Alcohol-only checkouts a bad idea - WSTA

22 Oct 2008

Introducing alcohol-only checkouts in UK retailers will not help to tackle drinking abuse, says the industry.

UK: Drinks industry seeks regulation compromise

14 Oct 2008

Alcoholic drinks associations in the UK have proposed a new regulatory approach on promotions, following a government consultation on reducing alcohol-related harm.

UK: Lib Dem leader calls for minimum alcohol prices

29 Sep 2008

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has rejected calls by Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg for the introduction of minimum pricing of alcohol.

UK: Rose wine sales still strong - research

27 Aug 2008

Rosé wine has continued to establish its place in UK wine drinking culture, despite poor summer weather, according to new research.

just the answer – UK Wine and Spirit Trade Association

29 Jul 2008

Last week, the UK government published a consultation document which many believe to be the prelude to tighter legislation on alcoholic drinks. In this month’s Just the Answer interview, Jeremy Beadles, chief executive of the UK’s Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), takes the opportunity to put the industry’s case for the retention of self-regulatory control, and suggests the Government is basing its position on flawed analysis.

UK: Retailers back responsible drinking initiative

21 Jul 2008

More than 12,000 outlets of major retailers are to take part in a point of sale campaign called ‘Know Your Drinks’.

UK: WSTA appoints outgoing Majestic chief as chairman

18 Jul 2008

The WSTA has appointed Majestic Wine chief executive Tim How as its new chairman.

UK: Consumers not penny-pinching on wine - research

20 May 2008

Cash-strapped consumers in the UK are thinking twice before reducing their spending on wine, according to researched commissioned by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

just-drinks LIWF & Distil 2008 - Diary - 19 May

19 May 2008

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

Spotlight - UK drinks sector falls victim to sin tax strategy

13 Mar 2008

The steep rise in alcohol duties announced in yesterday’s Budget, which the Government says will help to tackle binge drinking, follows the publication of its review of the 2005 Licensing Act last week when the Government reiterated its commitment to 24-hour licensing. Ben Cooper asks whether the two policies represent a consistent approach to tackling excessive consumption or whether the duty hike is an opportunistic attempt to boost much-needed tax revenues through the age-old method – the sin tax.

UK: WSTA appoints communications head

16 Jan 2008

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has appointed its first head of communications.

Spotlight - Wine producers look to break mould in packaging

12 Dec 2007

The wine world – whether consumers or producers – is often characterised as traditional and conservative. But environmental concerns, rising transport and raw material costs and the need to cater for different lifestyle demands have prompted wine companies to embrace new packaging concepts. Catherine Mars of Euromonitor International takes a look at recent innovations.

UK: PM warns drinks industry to up anti-binge drinking presence

21 Nov 2007

The UK Prime Minister has warned the drinks industry to ‘get more involved’ with the issues of under-age and binge-drinking in the country, or face tougher action in the future.

UK: Scotland gets tough on alcohol retailers

5 Sep 2007

The Scottish government has unveiled plans to restrict retailers in the country in how they can merchandise alcohol in their stores.

UK: IWCA teams up with WSTA

2 Jul 2007

The International Wine Clubs Association and the Wine and Spirit Trade Association plan to work together to support 'distance selling' around the world.

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