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The sobering message from Minimum Unit Pricing

It was a dark day for the drinks industry yesterday, and one that demands we take a long, hard look at ourselves. Because, the confirmation...

D-Day for Minimum Unit Pricing - Focus

Tomorrow, the UK's Supreme Court will hand down the final ruling on the legal status of the introduction in Scotland of Minimum Unit Pricing...

As Irish whiskey comes of age, so do its problems

It takes three years and a day for a whiskey in Ireland to mature long enough to be officially categorised as an Irish whiskey....

How do changing eating habits affect drinking?

Changing attitudes to meals in the UK are having an impact on the amount of wine consumers drink, recent research suggests....

Latest Interviews

"Launching a brand new gin now would be a tough ask" - Interview, Wemyss Malts MD William Wemyss 10 Apr 2017

Lucy Britner

Late last month, Wemyss Malts announced plans to move its Darnley's gin production to its own, newly-created facility in Scotland. The gin, which launched in 2010, is currently produced at Thames Distillers in London.  At the same time, the firm announced that it has dropped 'View' from the brand name and rolled out fresh packaging as well as a Navy Strength version of its Spiced Gin brand. just-drinks sat down with Wemyss Malts founder and managing director William Wemyss in Edinburgh to find out why being "made in Scotland" is important.

"In other companies, the product is more important than the organisation. In Berry Brothers & Rudd, it's the other way around." - Interview, Dan Jago, CEO , Berry Bros & Rudd - Part II 24 Feb 2017

Olly Wehring

Former Tesco wine director Dan Jago took over as CEO at UK-based Berry Bros & Rudd in 2015 and has since overseen a period of overhaul at the near-320-year-old wine and spirits group. Late last month, just-drinks met up with Jago at BBR's London headquarters. In part I of the interview, Jago discussed new changes to the company. In part II, the CEO talks about how he has no desire to chase the Millennial market, and reveals what keeps him awake at night.

Latest News

UK Autumn Budget 2017 - The Reaction 22 Nov 2017

Olly Wehring

Earlier today, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer announced his latest budgetary plans. On spirits and wine, Philip Hammond did not increase duty, although higher-abv ciders will be subject to a duty rise in an attempt to combat "excessive alcohol consumption by the most vulnerable people". Here, just-drinks pulls together reaction from within the UK's drinks industry to today's news.

UK Government freezes alcohol duty, high abv cider hit by duty rise 22 Nov 2017

Lucy Britner

The UK drinks trade has welcomed a move by the country's government to freeze duty on beer, wines, spirits and most ciders. 

Australian Vintage's 2016 McGuigan Classic Riesling - Product Launch 22 Nov 2017

Lucy Britner

McGuigan Wines has launched a 2016 Riesling under its Classic range.

UK's Advertising Standards Authority bans Pernod Ricard's Absolut Facebook ad 22 Nov 2017

Lucy Britner

Pernod Ricard has been told to avoid using actors who look under 25, after complaints were made against an Absolut advert in the UK.

Minimum Unit Pricing comes to Scotland in May 21 Nov 2017

Lucy Britner

The Scottish Government has set a date for Minimum Unit Pricing to come into force. 

Treasury Wine Estates sponsors UK's NME Awards with 19 Crimes 21 Nov 2017

Lucy Britner

Treasury Wine Estates has announced a tie-up between its 19 Crimes wine brand and music website New Musical Express' awards in London.

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