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Plain packaging - A clear and future danger?

Research this week has brought into stark relief the potential threat that plain packaging laws could have on the global drinks industry....

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....

Latest Interviews

"There are some bright sides to Brexit" - Interview, Miles Beale, chief executive, UK Wine & Spirit Trade Association - Part II 26 Jan 2017

Olly Wehring

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.

"We're all Brexiteers now" - Interview, Miles Beale, chief executive, UK Wine & Spirit Trade Association - Part I 26 Jan 2017

Olly Wehring

Earlier this week, just-drinks met with Miles Beale, the head of the UK's Wine & Spirit Trade Association, to discuss all things Brexit. In the first of this two-part interview, Beale looks back at how the country's wine and spirits categories have responded to the referendum vote in June that will see the UK leave the European Union.

Latest News

Australia calls in WTO over Canada wine restrictions 17 Jan 18

Keith Nuthall

Australia is taking Canada to the World Trade Organisation in an attempt to liberalise wine trading restrictions in four of Canada’s provinces.

Sri Lanka president refuses Government plans to allow women to buy alcohol - report 16 Jan 18

Lucy Britner

The president of Sri Lanka has rejected the Government's attempt to scrap a law in the country that prevents women from buying alcohol.

Cognac XO age limit increased from six to ten years 12 Jan 18

Olly Wehring

The trade association for the Cognac sector has confirmed its intention to raise the minimum age for spirit used in the XO classification from six years to ten.

SPI Group promises appeal after Stolichnaya court setback 10 Jan 18

Andy Morton

SPI Group has said it is disappointed after a Dutch court handed a Russian rival the rights to the Stolichnaya name across three countries.

US Attorney General's cannabis u-turn "not terribly disruptive" - analyst 5 Jan 18

Lucy Britner

A decision by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind Obama-era guidance on marijuana may not prove disruptive, an analyst has said.

Craft alcohol left in cold by US tax breaks - study 4 Jan 18

Andy Morton

New US tax laws aimed at helping craft alcohol makers will benefit big producers more, an influential think tank has warned.

Latest blogs

Small measures required as Philadelphia soda tax adds up 4 Jan 17

Andy Morton

Philadelphia’s soda tax came into force on Sunday, and is reportedly causing a stir in the city's check-out aisles.

Prohibition hangover lingers despite Ontario's shift 18 Dec 15

Andy Morton

This week, consumers in Ontario were able to go into a supermarket and buy beer.

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