The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has once again called on taxes in the UK wine trade to be cut, as figures reveal wine consumption in the UK is set to rise.
An “unprecedented” new body combining the drinks trade and retailers has published its first set of guidelines on alcohol standards in retail.
The UK drinks trade has responded to claims that voluntary industry and government partnerships to tackle excessive drinking have failed.
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.
The UK drinks trade has reached its target to remove one billion units of alcohol from the market by the end of 2015 ahead of schedule.
While the UK’s off-trade saw a slight return to growth, sales at pubs, bars and restaurants fell by 3% in the last 12 months.
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has launched a campaign calling for a 2% cut in duty on wine and spirits, which it says would result in a £1.5 billion boost to public finances in 2015.
Bibendum’s CEO has been named the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s first Wine Category Campaigner of the Year.
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association gathered with members of the trade at Westminster yesterday to thank MPs for their support in abolishing the alcohol duty escalator.
Argentina is witnessing a period of continued growth in the UK market according to the latest WSTA report.
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