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Wednesday 25 November 2015


Budget reaction: Post-election moves are key

Reacting to the UK’s Budget announcement on Wednesday, Ron Emler unpicks what the duty cuts mean for the country’s burgeoning industry.

Friday, March 20th, 2015 No Comments »

WSTA wins duty campaign award

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.

Monday, March 2nd, 2015 No Comments »

Less means more: Looking at global tax

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.

Friday, February 27th, 2015 No Comments »

Wine trade figures join calls to cut duty

UK winemakers, independent retailers and TV personalities have lent their support to the campaign calling on the Chancellor to cut alcohol duty.

Monday, February 16th, 2015 No Comments »

British beer sales up first time in a decade

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”.

Friday, January 30th, 2015 No Comments »

WSTA hits out at UK festive tax spend

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.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 No Comments »

Irish indies struggle against duty rise

Wine sales in Ireland plunged by almost 10% last year following the implementation of Europe’s highest wine excise duty rate.

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 No Comments »

Cider sector clarifies minimum price issue

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.

Monday, June 9th, 2014 No Comments »

Deep discounting has ‘muddied water’ in UK

UK wine distributor PLB’s new managing director John Osborne believes the deep discounting culture in supermarkets has “muddied the water” in the UK.

Monday, March 10th, 2014 No Comments »

UK counts cost of illicit alcohol

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.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 No Comments »

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