The latest figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association show that “consumers are finally getting the break they deserve after years of inflation-busting tax rises”.
With 140 million bottles of British gin being exported a year, the government, suppliers and the industry’s largest trade body have teamed up to promote the category further.
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.
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