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WSTA hits back over Sheffield University minimum pricing report

2 Oct 2014

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association has dismissed fresh calls for minimum unit pricing (MUP) in the UK after a new report claimed a floor price would be far more effective than the Government's current policy.

UK: Flavoured rum off-trade sales storm ahead - figures

16 Sep 2014

Flavoured and spiced rums saw impressive growth in the UK off-trade over the early summer, while imported whiskies also performed strongly, latest figures show.

UK: Wine & Spirit Trade Association overhauls website

11 Mar 2014

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has revamped its website, allowing members to search its database of checklists and guidance for the UK market.

UK: WSTA defends industry "influence" on minimum pricing U-turn

8 Jan 2014

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has branded as “fundamentally flawed” an investigation from senior doctors that claims the UK government was “subverted” by the drinks industry over a U-turn on minimum pricing.

UK: WSTA unveils campaign to end duty rises

18 Dec 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has officially launched its campaign to persuade the UK Government to end automatic duty increases in next year's Budget.

UK: Single malt Scotch on-trade sales slow after summer surge - figures

12 Dec 2013

UK on-trade sales of single malt Scotch whisky have slowed towards the end of this year, new figures have shown.

UK: Scotland's multi-buy ban under fire from health chiefs

26 Nov 2013

Health experts have branded Scotland's ban on multi-buy alcohol promotions “ineffective” after more research showing that the measure has not affected sales.

UK: Inverarity Morton eyes England with Forth Wines buy

24 Oct 2013

Inverarity Morton (IM), a Scottish wines and spirits merchant, has bought Forth Wines for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.

UK: Illicit alcohol market shrinks - figures

14 Oct 2013

The size of the illicit market for alcohol in the UK shrunk last year, but remains significant, according to latest Government estimates.

UK: Wine & Spirit Trade Association calls for fairer taxes

26 Sep 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has launched a new campaign demanding a fairer taxation system in the UK and an end to the duty escalator.

UK: On-trade volumes suffer over summer, but off-trade stays solid - Figures

6 Sep 2013

UK on-trade alcohol volumes fell by 6% over the early part of the summer, but wine and spirits bucked the trend, latest figures have revealed.

UK: EU wine rules shake-up still on UK Government agenda

15 Aug 2013

The UK Government has vowed to press on with its bid to force the European Union (EU) to change its rules on the definition of wine.

UK: Government drops minimum unit pricing

17 Jul 2013

The UK Coalition Government has officially abandoned plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol in England and Wales.

UK: RTDs fail to shake-off price rises as off-trade volumes fall

20 Jun 2013

RTD sales and volumes in the UK off-trade have dropped in the past quarter as prices continue to rise, according to latest Nielsen figures.

just the Answer - Treasury Wine Estates' EMEA & Global Travel Retail MD, Andrew Carter

1 May 2013

After nearly 20 years of working in the beer and spirits categories, Andrew Carter pitched up at Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) last year charged with leading the group's Europe, Middle East and Asia region. Travel Retail also falls under his remit. So, how's he finding the challenge? just-drinks' deputy editor, James Wilmore, caught up with him at ProWein in late-March.

UK: Wine & Spirit Trade Association still eyeing "options" after Budget beer blow

17 Apr 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has said it is continuing to assess its legal options in light of the UK Government's singling out of beer in last month's Budget.

AUS: Cidermakers cry foul over spirits industry's tax call - report

4 Apr 2013

Australia's cidermakers and spirits producers have locked horns over alcohol tax ahead of next month's Budget, according to local reports.

Comment - UK Budget: Has George Osborne Avoided a Hangover?

21 Mar 2013

George Osborne must think he can walk into any pub in the UK today and be treated to a free pint.

UK: Budget - WSTA claims beer duty escalator move could be illegal

20 Mar 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has hit out at the UK Government's decision to scrap the duty escalator for beer and has claimed that the move may not be legal.

UK: Sparkling wine only off-trade winner in 2012 - figures

18 Mar 2013

Sparkling wine was the only alcohol category in the UK off-trade to see volume rises in the past 12 months, according to latest figures.

UK: Confusion reigns over new EU rules on RTDs - WSTA

7 Mar 2013

UK drinks producers are facing “serious confusion” over new European Union rules affecting the classification of ready-to-drink products, according to a trade group in the country.

UK: WSTA calls for below-cost ban as minimum price alternative

11 Feb 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has urged the UK Government to reconsider its ban on below-cost sales as an alternative to minimum pricing.

UK: WSTA chief fears duty escalator is here to stay

11 Feb 2013

The head of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has admitted that the UK Government's duty escalator is likely to remain in place for the next two years, despite lobbying efforts by the industry.

UK: Government re-launches TV ad warning over drinking levels

8 Feb 2013

The UK Government is reviving a TV advertising campaign urging people to lower their alcohol intake.

just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

1 Feb 2013

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

UK: WSTA launches minimum pricing campaign

28 Jan 2013

A new UK industry campaign has been launched aiming to highlight "unfair" minimum pricing and galvanise public opposition to the measure.

UK: Scots online alcohol crackdown plans "unenforceable" - WSTA

20 Dec 2012

Plans to restict online alcohol sales in Scotland have been branded “unenforceable”.

UK: Wine, spirits off-trade volumes slide in 2012 - study

5 Dec 2012

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned against further regulatory pressure on the industry after its latest survey showed UK off-trade volumes fell this year.

UK: WSTA hits out at youth drinking report

21 Nov 2012

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has criticised a new report on youth drinking, saying it fails to acknowledge a rising abstention rate among UK adolescents.

Comment - Minimum Pricing: We've Only Just Begun

20 Sep 2012

The debate around minimum pricing in the UK is starting to feel more than ever like a can of worms. I'm not quite sure, however, who has got the biggest mess to deal with.






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