Reacting to the UK’s Budget announcement on Wednesday, Ron Emler unpicks what the duty cuts mean for the country’s burgeoning industry.
The WSTA’s “Call Time on Duty” campaign, which last year successfully called for the UK government to cut duty on wine and spirits, has been honoured at a PR award ceremony.
When it comes to taxes on the drinks industry – both import/export tarrifs and duty – a lower rate doesn’t just mean more jobs and growth, but also less criminality and ill-health, writes Ron Emler.
UK winemakers, independent retailers and TV personalities have lent their support to the campaign calling on the Chancellor to cut alcohol duty.
A decade of decline in UK beer sales has come to an end following a 1.3% rise in 2014, but the future of UK pubs is still “fragile”.
The average UK family spent over twice as much on tax for their Christmas drinks than in France, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.
Wine sales in Ireland plunged by almost 10% last year following the implementation of Europe’s highest wine excise duty rate.
The National Association of Cider Makers has warned the trade to be alert to differences in how various types of cider are affected by the UK government’s new ban on selling alcoholic drinks below cost.
UK wine distributor PLB’s new managing director John Osborne believes the deep discounting culture in supermarkets has “muddied the water” in the UK.
The illicit wine market could have cost the UK up to £700 million in revenue losses last year, according to the first ever estimates on this category to be released by HM Revenue & Customs.
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