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The spirits category in 2017 - just-drinks' Review of the Year, Part I - FREE TO ACCESS

5 Dec 2017

With 2017 drawing to a close, just-drinks looks back at the stories that have made the headlines across the global drinks industry. Here, deputy editor Lucy Britner picks out the highs and lows for the spirits category.

European alcohol industry joins forces to "nail down" Brexit position

18 Oct 2017

UK alcohol trade bodies have joined with their European counterparts to form a united front on Brexit.

Treasury Wine Estates' Tom King to sit on Wine and Spirit Trade Association board

21 Aug 2017

Treasury Wine Estates’ European head, Tom King, has joined the board of the UK’s Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

UK sparkling wine sales continue to fizz - research

2 Aug 2017

Sparkling wine sales in the UK rose 12% in 2016, according to new research by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. 

No deal in Brexit talks "totally unacceptable" warns UK Wine & Spirit Trade Association

19 Jun 2017

As the UK and the European Union kick off formal exit negotiations, the UK’s Wine & Spirit Trade Association has called for the country’s Government to do all it can to avoid a ‘no deal’ outcome.

Taxable sales of spirits overtake beer in UK - figures

6 Jun 2017

Spirits sales generated more tax than sales of beer in the UK for the first time, according to recently-released figures.

New UK distillery licences up by a third in 2016 - figures

19 Apr 2017

The number of new distillery licences issued by the UK Government last year increased by more than 30% on 2015, according to figures released this week.

UK, European Union wine industries show united front as Brexit begins

29 Mar 2017

Wine trade groups in both the UK and Europe have said they are united in the fight for a free-trade agreement, on the day the UK triggered Article 50 and started the process of leaving the European Union.

Brexit customs paperwork offers fertile ground for alcohol smuggling - WSTA

27 Mar 2017

The UK’s exit from the European Union could create ideal conditions for alcohol smugglers in the years ahead, the country’s trade body for wine and spirits has warned.

Drinks industry welcomes European Commission's alcohol labelling decision

13 Mar 2017

The drinks industry has hailed a move by the European Commission to allow alcohol companies to propose their own labelling guidelines. 

Drinks industry "disappointed" over UK alcohol duty rise, sugar tax details confirmed

8 Mar 2017

Trade bodies across the UK drinks industry have expressed frustration over the Government's decision today to increase alcohol duty in line with inflation.

UK wine, spirits well-placed to ride Brexit wave - Wine & Spirit Trade Association

27 Jan 2017

The UK's decision to leave the European Union offers opportunities for the country's wine and spirits categories in markets beyond Europe, the head of the UK's Wine & Spirit Trade Association has forecast.

"There are some bright sides to Brexit" - Interview, Miles Beale, chief executive, UK Wine & Spirit Trade Association - Part II

26 Jan 2017

In this, the second part of our interview the head of the UK's Wine & Spirit Trade Association, Miles Beale looks beyond the European Union and sees cause for optimism, despite the uncertainty of recent months.

Row erupts over 'British Fizz' term as Wine & Spirit Trade Association hits out at GI application

19 Jan 2017

A UK wine trade body has criticised an attempt to secure official protected geographical status for English sparkling wine under the name "British Fizz".

US thirst for gin drives UK exports - figures

3 Oct 2016

British gin exports to the US market have risen by more than 500% the last decade, according to new figures. 

Brexit - What is certain is that nothing is certain - Editor's Viewpoint

14 Sep 2016

Attending the UK Wine & Spirits Trade Association’s annual conference in London yesterday, I was particularly struck by one thought: Stripping out every use of the words "if", "could", "might", probably" and "likely" would have made the whole event a darn sight shorter. The main topic of the day? Of course: Brexit.

Berry Bros' Jago replaces Pernod Ricard's O'Flynn at Wine & Spirit Trade Association

14 Sep 2016

The outgoing head of Pernod Ricard's UK division has handed over the chairmanship of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association to Berry Brothers & Rudd chief Dan Jago.

UK gin sales hit new high - figures

12 Sep 2016

Gin sales in the UK have broken the GBP1bn (US$1.34bn) barrier, according to recently-released figures.

Wine and Spirit Trade Association welcomes Brexit minister

15 Jul 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has said it is "encouraged" by the appointment of a Brexit secretary in a major UK government reshuffle.

The UK Referendum - just-drinks Live Blog

24 Jun 2016

Yesterday, the UK voted to leave the European Union. The result of the referendum fell 52% in favour of the so-called 'Brexit'. We'll keep you up to date throughout the day on drinks industry reaction.

UK gin sales surge in on-trade - figures

9 Mar 2016

Gin sales have jumped 20% in the UK's bars and restaurants, figures for the most recent 12-month period have shown.

Industry urges caution as UK tells men to drink less alcohol

8 Jan 2016

The UK drinks industry has reacted with caution to new dietary guidelines that have slashed the recommended maximum unit alcohol intake.

Treasury Wine Estates to publish wine calories

7 Dec 2015

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is to provide calorie information across its entire portfolio of bottled wine.

Does your brand speak to Generation Z? How to inspire loyalty in the new ‘me’ generation - Analysis

17 Sep 2015

There was a time when bars served beer in any old pint glass, fathers had their one brand of whisk(e)y and consumer feedback was received by post. Now, branded glassware is a given, no one wants to drink what their parents did and social media posts can go viral in minutes. In today's crowded market place, how do you get consumers to be loyal to your brand?

UK wine drinkers cool on brand loyalty - research

14 Sep 2015

UK wine drinkers regularly change brands and have "little or no brand loyalty", according to a report from the country's Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Off-trade price rises slow in UK as beer gets cheaper - figures

27 Mar 2015

Price increases in the UK off-trade have slowed in the past year, with the cost of beer declining, according to recent figures.

UK lawmakers urge EU alcohol tax shake-up

6 Mar 2015

A group of UK lawmakers have called for reforms to the European Union's alcohol tax regime after branding the current system “illogical”.

Sparkling wine sales still shining in UK - figures

22 Dec 2014

Sparkling wine continues to be the star performer in the UK off- and on-trade in 2014, while the flavoured vodka category has endured mixed fortunes, according to latest figures.






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