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.
The wine industry is “peculiar, fragmented, confusing and impenetrable” and lacks innovation, according to one of the UK’s foremost figures in advertising.
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association is calling on the UK government to cut alcohol duty by a “modest” 2% in the 2015 budget.
The managing director of Pernod Ricard UK, Denis O’Flynn, has been elected the next chairman of the UK Wine and Spirit Trade Association.
Tesco’s licensing manager has been appointed chairman of the UK’s retail alcohol standards group.
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