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The Alcohol Debate: From the Other Side – Part IV: Comment: Alcohol Debate Follows an All Too Familiar Pattern

25 Feb 2011

The alcohol policy debate was back in the spotlight earlier this month, with the publication of a paper in The Lancet warning of thousands of avoidable alcohol-related deaths if stronger action is not taken by the UK government. Ben Cooper, whose management briefing this month examines the various groups campaigning for tighter alcohol legislation, asks whether the debate needs to be so acrimonious.

UK: Drinks industry pleas for tax freeze

4 Feb 2011

Brewers, wine suppliers and distillers are urging the UK Government to abandon plans to increase duty tax on their drinks in the upcoming 2011 Budget.

UK: Majestic Wine shakes off Christmas snow

6 Jan 2011

UK retailer Majestic Wine has reported an increase in sales over the key Christmas trading period, despite concerns that poor weather could have hit retail sales in the country.

UK: British Beer & Pub Association wants tax reprieve

23 Dec 2010

The British Beer & Pub Association has called for a last-minute reprieve on the proposed rise in value added tax, due to the bad weather in the UK.

UK: WSTA chief expects tough 2011 for wine

22 Dec 2010

The CEO of the UK's Wine & Spirit Trade Association has said that tough conditions in the country's wine industry are likely to remain in 2011.

UK: Gin & Vodka Association shuts up shop

16 Dec 2010

UK trade body The Gin & Vodka Association has announced that it is to cease operations.

UK: Survey flags online wine sales potential

15 Dec 2010

Consumers in the UK spend more on wine when they buy online, according to a YouGov survey that suggests strong growth potential for internet wine sales.

UK: Minister invites industry to tackle alcohol misuse

15 Sep 2010

The UK's Parliamentary Under Secretary for Crime Prevention has reiterated the Coalition Government's stance that central government should no longer be the sole “owner” of reducing the social ills stemming from alcohol misuse in the UK.

UK: Government opens consultations on alcohol sales

28 Jul 2010

The UK Government has officially launched consultations on its plans to overhaul drinks licensing laws and ban below-cost sales of alcohol.

UK: Former Majestic head joins Enotria

19 Jul 2010

UK wine importer and distributor Enotria has recruited the former chief executive of wine retailer Majestic to its board of directors.

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.

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