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Industry “absolutely shocked” by proposed Scottish alcohol advertising ban

Published:  18 January, 2023

The Scottish government is in the midst of a consultation, seeking views on potential restrictions to alcohol advertising and promotion in Scotland.


Scottish businesses brace for divisive DRS

Published:  16 January, 2023

With news of the cost of living crisis and staff shortages in hospitality dominating headlines in the industry of late, the issue of the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Scotland has taken a back seat.


Business energy support to reduce from March government announces

Published:  11 January, 2023

The goverment has announced a new energy support for businesses that will take effect from 1 April 2023, although at a lower rate than the present scheme. 


Government extends alcohol duty-freeze for six months

Published:  20 December, 2022

The freeze on UK alcohol duty rates has been extended six months to 1 August 2023, the government announced yesterday (19 December 2022).


Prosecco’s quality battles

Published:  19 December, 2022

While there is a superior classification for Prosecco, James Bayley finds that it sometimes misses the finest players.


85% of alcohol product complaints concern appeal to underage drinkers

Published:  14 December, 2022

A new alcohol report has found that 85% of formal complaints considered by the Portman Group's Independent Complaints Panel (ICP) were regarding whether alcohol packaging and marketing had particular appeal to under-18s.


WSTA pens letter to Chancellor opposing alcohol duty u-turn

Published:  15 November, 2022

Over 100 business executives from across the alcohol industry have signed a letter written to the Times calling on the Chancellor to bring back the freeze on alcohol duty.


Ukraine becomes the 49th OIV Member State

Published:  28 October, 2022

The OIV, the intergovernmental viticulture organisation, has announced Ukraine as an active member state from 30 October 2022.


Red tape cut for thousands of growing businesses

Published:  04 October, 2022

On Sunday, October 2, prime minister Liz Truss announced that red tape would be cut for thousands of growing businesses.


What next for UK wine labelling scheme?

Published:  05 September, 2022

By the time this feature is published, a new UK wine labelling scheme should be effective. However, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), the government has signalled its intention to defer the introduction of the forthcoming labelling rules until 1 January, 2024.


Calls for Northern Ireland MUP to create a ‘level playing field’

Published:  16 August, 2022

Northern Ireland appears to be inching closer to the introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol after neighbours Republic of Ireland and Scotland introduced the legislation in January 2022 and May 2018, respectively. 


Conservative Party members oppose wine tax hikes

Published:  09 August, 2022

According to new YouGov research, over three-quarters of Tory party members want tax on wine to be frozen at its current rate or reduced.


Prosecco DOC announces trademark protection in New Zealand

Published:  04 August, 2022

The Consorzio di Tutela Prosecco DOC is now a recognised trademark in New Zealand following a bilateral agreement with the European Trademark office.


Pavement licences introduced during Covid will be made permanent next year

Published:  25 July, 2022

Temporary changes brought in to help the hospitality industry during Covid will be extended until Spring 2023 before being made permanent.


WSTA welcomes Alcohol Duty Review delay

Published:  22 July, 2022

Following months of lobbying from the trade, the government yesterday (July 20) delayed its alcohol duty review till the Autumn.


Sustainability Update: Grupo Avinea joins global “4 per 1000” initiative

Published:  20 July, 2022

Grupo Avinea, the wine group behind Bodega Argento, has become the first Argentinian wine producer to join the '4 per 1000' initiative, a global movement that aims to demonstrate the crucial role of agriculture, and in particular agricultural soils, in tackling the issues of food security and climate change.


Scotland’s minimum unit alcohol pricing may not be curbing drinking in those most vulnerable

Published:  19 July, 2022

The introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol may not be curbing drinking habits of those most at risk, according to a new report.


WSET course providers now able to resume activities in mainland China

Published:  18 July, 2022

Following a suspension of business in mainland China in 2021, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) will once again offer courses.


Government extends off-sales licence after backlash

Published:  18 July, 2022

The government has announced that it will extend the alcohol off-sales easement, introduced during the pandemic, to September 2023, following a campaign led by UKHospitality and other sector bodies.


Herdade dos Grous joins IWCA

Published:  13 July, 2022

Herdade dos Grous has joined the International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA), committing to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions annually and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.