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What is the outlook for CBD in Europe? - Focus

Recent comments from regulators in Europe have left some in the food and beverage industry worried about what's ahead for the region's nasce...

US Champagne tariffs threaten critical blow

These are trying times for Champagne exporters. Three months after dodging a tariff bullet through their exclusion from a list of retaliator...

FDA must lead CBD out of legal shadows - Comment

In declining to define CBD as a Generally Recognised as Safe (GRAS) ingredient this week, and sending warning letters to 15 companies sellin...

What does Brexit mean for drinks trademarks?

The UK's pending departure from the European Union has raised a variety of uncertainties for the drinks industry, not least how to ensure it...

Latest Interviews

"The Trump administration has been bold in addressing long-standing trade barriers" - just-drinks speaks to Distilled Spirits Council CEO Chris Swonger - Part I 16 Jan 2020

Olly Wehring

Spirits producers in the US had plenty to worry about last year, and 2020 shows little sign of respite. Late last week, just-drinks spoke to Chris Swonger, the CEO of trade association the Distilled Spirits Council of the US. In this, the first in an exclusive, two-part interview, Swonger, who assumed the role in late-2018, leads us through the twists and turns of tariffs and trade talks in recent months.

"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.

Latest News

Wine harvest to proceed as South Africa's alcohol production ban partially lifted 27 Mar 20

Olly Wehring

South Africa's wine industry has been granted a reprieve after the country's authorities backtracked on a complete ban on alcohol production to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Luxembourg outlines move to raise legal purchase age for spirits 11 Mar 20

Lucy Britner

Luxembourg’s government has set out plans to raise the legal purchase age for spirits in the country to 18 - up from 16.

Nichols working on Middle East sugar tax mitigation for Vimto in 2020 26 Feb 20

Olly Wehring

UK-based group Nichols has warned that its Ramadan-related success in the Middle East could be hit this year by a new tax that will increase some soft drinks' retail prices in the region by 50%.

British Columbia to remove full-sugar soda tax exemption 25 Feb 20

Andy Morton

Canada's third-biggest province, British Columbia, is to implement an effective sugar soda levy by removing a sales tax exemption on sweetened carbonated beverages.

Ongoing spirits tariffs "causing rough seas on both sides of the Atlantic" 17 Feb 20

Olly Wehring

The US Government has maintained the high tariffs on some European Union spirits imports, drawing the ire of trade associations on both sides of the Atlantic.

UK delivers food safety deadline to CBD beverages 13 Feb 20

Andy Morton

The UK food safety watchdog has given CBD beverage companies until March next year to submit authorisation applications or face having their products taken off shelves.

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