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Alcohol Regulation

Pressure is rising in Europe for tougher rules on alcohol pricing and advertising. Public health and the health of the drinks industry is at stake in these negotiations and debates.

Diageo's Captain Morgan rum rapped for implying alcohol can overcome boredom

Diageo rum brand Captain Morgan has again been censured by UK advertising regulator the ASA – this time for implying that alcohol can overcome boredom and is capable of changing mood.

DIAGEO BRAND RESPONDS TO REPORT LONDON FACTORY MADE 7,000 FAKE BOTTLES DAILY

Smirnoff insists fake vodka ‘rarely a problem’ if people use reputable retailers

Diageo brand Smirnoff insists fakes are rarely a problem if people buy the vodka brand from reputable retailers after reports a London factory was counterfeiting 7,000 bottles a day.

‘EU doesn’t have resources to police trade deals properly’: spiritsEUROPE DG warns

The head of powerful EU spirits trade confederation spiritsEUROPE warns that the EU Commission needs more resources to better police trade agreements with outside nations.

ANHEUSER-BUSCH STILL PURSUING FORMER OPS DIRECTOR CLAIMING TO BE WHISTLEBLOWER

Judge throws out watered-down Budweiser beer fraud claims against Anheuser-Busch

A US judge has dismissed class action claims that Anheuser-Busch routinely watered-down US beer brands including Budweiser to misrepresent alcohol levels and boost profits.

‘Objective Zero’: EU spirits sector tackles underage drinking

The EU spirits industry has highlighted its commitment to fighting underage drinking and promoting moderate consumption for young adults, after a Brussels workshop last Friday.

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Tragic Kenya fake alcohol deaths show bootleg liquor problem

spiritsEUROPE says the tragic deaths of 80+ people in Kenya who drank bootleg spirits reportedly poisoned with methanol show why the large-scale problem of illicit alcohol should be tackled.

'Like so many others he is completely ignorant about the truth of Palcohol': Mark Phillips

Powdered alcohol creator blasts Sen. Schumer’s ‘completely ignorant’ attack

The colourful creator of Palcohol powdered alcohol has hit out at New York senator Charles Schumer after the politician wrote to the US FDA calling on it to ban controversial...

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SpiritsEUROPE welcomes Scottish EU referral on alcohol unit pricing

SpiritsEUROPE says it welcomes a Scottish Appeal Court decision to refer government plans for Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol to the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ).

‘Astonished’ US lawyers: Controversial powdered booze could follow vodka tampon fad

US attorneys Lehrman Beverage Law say they are ‘astonished’ that 58% alcohol by weight powder Palcohol has been approved for US sale as brandowner Lipmark predicts an autumn 2014 launch.

Morrisons criticised for YouTube alcohol advert

Morrisons has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after its video advertisement, broadcast during a series of children’s nursery rhymes on YouTube, featured images of spirit bottles with...

‘Daring, tough, aggressive...’ Diageo’s Captain Morgan forced to walk plank

Diageo brand Captain Morgan is smarting after the UK ads regulator banned an advert featuring the notorious buccaneer for encouraging ‘daring, tough and aggressive’ behavior.

MillerCoors adopts first US beer nutritional labelling

MillerCoors has stepped up to be the first US brewer to pour one of its beers, Miller64, into cans and bottles with nutritional labelling.

HOUSE OF COMMONS STRANGERS BAR HAS HISTORY OF FISTICUFFS

'I recommend this ale to the House!': BBPA brews beer for MPs

The British Beer and Pubs Association (BBPA) is creating a bottled beer for UK Parliament but insists MPs won't be seen staggering around the corridors of Westminster.

WSTA hits back at ‘fundamentally flawed’ report

Explosive BMJ article attacks UK for ‘shameful’ alcohol pricing U-turn

A British Medical Journal (BMJ) article claims the UK government held a ‘sham consultation’ on minimum unit pricing for alcohol and laments the influence of large alcohol firms and retailers...

Festive video insights: Mintel experts offer up highlights and predictions

With 2013 fast drawing to a close and 2014 just around the corner, we took the chance to catch up with analysts and experts at Mintel to ask them what...

‘You say Calvados, we say Alvados!’ – Finns upset French apple cart

French Calvados producers are upset by a ‘vague’ European Commission response to their demand that Finnish retailers stop selling 'imitation' spirits they claim have hit exports.

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WINE INSTITUTE 'STRONGLY OPPOSES' CANADA'S POSSIBLE WINE PENALTY

Canada warns US COOL rules could hit lucrative California wine exports

Canada's minister of argiculture and agri-food warns that his country may impose retaliatory tariffs on US wines if the country does not revise or revoke controversial country of origin (COOL)...

AIG tackles true cost of product recalls

American International Group (AIG) has launched NOVI, a web-based service to estimate the cost of product recall incidents.

From Kant to the 6 o'clock swill: creative ways to limit alcohol abuse

Philosopher Julian Baggini has been commissioned by the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council to give his take on the serious issues affecting the industry. Here, he looks at how...

Irish minister attacks Diageo for ‘pseudo’ Guinness national holiday

Irish minister Alex White has attacked Diageo for cynical marketing of its annual ‘Arthur’s Day’ Guinness event and insists it worsens the nation’s problems with over-consumption of alcohol.

‘Champagne’ on ice for iPhone 5S? French vintners warn Apple

The French trade body controlling Champagne says it will fight any attempt by US tech giant Apple to market the color of its new iPhone 5S using the appellation name.

SAB Miller has 24% stake in Turkish brewer

Anadolu Efes expects Turkish alcohol laws will limit beer growth

Turkey's biggest brewer and SAB Miller partner Anadolu Efes expects new restrictions on marketing and sales of alcohol to limit beer industry growth in the country.

Diageo unfazed by tough Turkish alcohol laws

Diageo has declined to comment on the possible business effects of stiffer alcohol laws in Turkey, insisting only that it remains committed to its business in Turkey.

Defiant BrewDog bares beer teeth: ‘ASA MOFOs can’t control us'

Serially controversial Scottish craft brewer BrewDog says it will not comply with a UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) adjudication ordering it to remove website language ‘likely to cause serious offense’.