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How is the wine industry coping with Brexit? - comment

1 Apr 2021

After over four years of wrangling, Brexit's tires hit the tarmac on 1 January. The end of the 11-month transition period after the UK left the European Union on 31 January last year signalled the 'new normal' for trading relations between the two sides. So, how's it going? Wine category commentator Chris Losh has all the gory details.

Gin group blames Brexit for UK export slump

23 Mar 2021

The UK gin industry has rounded on Brexit after a significant drop in exports to the European Union last year.

UK gin sales slump as on-premise takes coronavirus hit - figures

22 Dec 2020

The sales of gin in the UK have fallen in the past year as a jump in off-premise demand failed to outpace declines in the coronavirus-impacted on-premise, new figures have shown.

EU, UK beer and gin get US tariff let-off

13 Aug 2020

A brace of drinks industry trade organisations in the UK have welcomed a decision by US authorities not to extend the imposition of tariffs to two of their respective categories.

UK wine drinkers poised to pay more for EU wine as no-deal Brexit looms

15 Jun 2020

The UK's Wine & Spirit Trade Association has accused the country's Government of "misleading" consumers about the effect a 'no-deal Brexit' would have on the price of a bottle of wine produced in the European Union.

UK wine industry handed Brexit tariff blow

19 May 2020

The UK Government has failed to heed alcohol industry calls to drop wine tariffs when the Brexit transition period ends at the start of next year.

UK alcohol industry seeks grace period for Brexit labelling changes

6 May 2020

A UK wine & spirits trade group has asked the Government for flexibility on post-Brexit labelling regulations that could force producers to use UK-specific labels from as soon as January.

UK trade groups urge more state support to safeguard alcohol industry

7 Apr 2020

UK alcohol trade bodies have called on the Government to ease tax and other financial burdens on businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

UK alcohol production allowed to continue as lockdown bites

26 Mar 2020

UK bottling plants and distilleries have been given the go-ahead to stay open if staff obey social distancing rules.

UK trade unites in duty payment suspension call

24 Mar 2020

Wine and spirits companies across the UK have written an open letter to the country's finance ministry, calling for the suspension of duty payments amid the COVID-19 crisis.

"No one wins. I don't see any company coming out of this up" - just-drinks speaks to Wine & Spirit Trade Association chief executive Miles Beale - CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL

20 Mar 2020

As the coronavirus COVID-19 throws the UK into confusion this week, just-drinks speaks to the chief executive of the country's Wine & Spirit Trade Association, Miles Beale, to hear his view on a tumultuous few days - with no immediate end in sight.

Direct-to-consumer offers coronavirus opportunity for UK drinks companies - Wine & Spirit Trade Association - FREE TO ACCESS

20 Mar 2020

In the week that the coronavirus COVID-19 took hold in the UK, the head of the country's Wine & Spirit Trade Association has told just-drinks that drinks companies should focus their efforts on direct sales to consumers.

UK alcohol duties frozen in pub-friendly Budget - reaction

11 Mar 2020

The UK Government has frozen alcohol duties for one year in a Budget designed to spur growth for drinks companies and pubs.

Wine & Spirit Trade Association identifies wine win for post-Brexit trading - just-drinks exclusive

11 Feb 2020

The UK trade association for the wine and spirits industries has called on the country's government to be "ambitious" in its approach to trading with the European Union.

"Instagram-able" cocktails drive record year for liqueurs in UK - Liqueurs in UK data

3 Jan 2020

The liqueurs sector has enjoyed its best year on record in the UK, according to figures released last month.

The spirits category in 2019 - just-drinks' Review of the Year, Part V - FREE TO ACCESS

24 Dec 2019

As the year draws to a close, just-drinks takes a look back at the stories that have made the headlines across the global drinks industry over the last 12 months. Here, in the second of just-drinks' two-part review, editor Olly Wehring picks out the highs and lows for the spirits category in 2019.

Scotland’s minimum unit pricing cuts alcohol purchases - study

27 Sep 2019

Minimum unit pricing has reduced the amount of alcohol per person bought in Scotland by 1.2 units a week, according to a new study that lends broad support to the policy.

Deposit return plans for UK will cause more pollution - WSTA summit

19 Sep 2019

Speakers at a UK alcohol trade event have told the country's Government to rethink plans for a deposit return scheme (DRS) because of its alleged effect on emissions.

No-deal red tape to cost UK wine US$86m - WSTA

12 Sep 2019

The UK wine industry could face a GBP70m (US$86m) bill in the event of a no-deal Brexit because of an increase in bureaucracy, a UK trade group has said.

UK gin volumes set for 30% jump over next 12 months - figures

7 Aug 2019

A spirits trade group has forecast UK gin volumes will jump by almost a third over the next 12 months.

UK warehousing costs jump as alcohol industry readies for no-deal Brexit - WSTA

24 Jul 2019

Britain's alcohol industry is prepping for a no-deal Brexit but stockpiling measures have been hit by the rising cost of warehouse space, a UK trade group has warned.

Warehousing scarcity adds to Brexit pressure on wine

20 May 2019

The UK wine industry is fighting a "massive shortage" of warehouse space as companies pay the price for an extended Brexit deadline, a debate in London has heard.

Trade groups attack Scotland's deposit return system proposal

8 May 2019

A drinks trade association has warned that a deposit return system (DRS) outlined today by the Scottish Government could add "considerable costs" to producers forced to make separate packaging for the country.

UK wine bottling hubs at risk from Brexit - WSTA

10 Jan 2019

UK wine bottling hubs such as Accolade Park may be forced out of the country if Brexit goes ahead, the WSTA has told a parliamentary group.

UK drinks companies "already struggling" with Brexit - Wine & Spirit Trade Association

3 Jan 2019

The trade association for the UK's wine and spirits industries has warned that its members are having to deal with "Brexit-induced challenges", even though the country has yet to leave the European Union.

WSTA appoints E&J Gallo's Paul Sorrentino, Cotswolds Distillery's Daniel Szor to board

6 Nov 2018

UK trade group the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has named two new board members.

UK wine consumers paying high price for Brexit - figures

27 Sep 2018

The average price of a bottle of wine in the UK has reached an all-time high, rising by almost GBP0.30 (US$0.40) since the EU referendum in June 2016, according to trade body the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

No end in sight for UK gin growth - figures

18 Sep 2018

Combined domestic and export sales of UK gin have more than doubled in the last five years, according to figures released today.

UK gin exports in 2018 set to double over 2008 - figures

14 Aug 2018

Exports of gin in the UK continue to rise, according to figures released this week, with full-year shipments forecast to come in twice as high as ten years ago.

Wine & Spirit Trade Association calls for post-Brexit FTAs wth Australia, New Zealand

26 Jan 2018

UK trade body the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has urged the country's Government to prioritise a free-trade agreement with Australia and New Zealand, once the UK leaves the European Union.







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