Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to cut alcohol duty in this year’s Budget has been branded “disgraceful” by doctors and health campaigners.
The UK market for Scotch whisky declined by nearly 5% last year alone, with over 4 million bottles of Scotch left on the shelves compared to 2013.
The British gin industry has grown 18% by value in the last two years, with premium offerings growing by nearly 50%, leading to calls for a change in the “punitive” UK tax regime.
Figures have revealed the vast difference paid in tax on alcohol by EU member states, with the UK faring least favourably.
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.
UK winemakers, independent retailers and TV personalities have lent their support to the campaign calling on the Chancellor to cut alcohol duty.
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association is today meeting with the Treasury to present their 2015 budget submission, which calls for a 2% cut in duty.
The Wine & Spirit Trade Association is calling on the drinks industry to make use of its new website designed to tackle the UK’s £1.3 billion alcohol fraud problem.
The Secretary of State for Scotland has lent his support to the SWA’s Drop The Duty campaign, which is pushing for a 2% drop in UK alcohol tax.
Wine is now the most popular alcoholic drink in the UK having overtaken beer, according to research commissioned by the WSTA.
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