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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.

Scottish court backs minimum unit pricing plans

Scotland’s Court of Session has approved the government’s plans to introduce minimum unit pricing (MUP) on alcohol. 

More consumers want ingredient & nutrition info on alcoholic beverages: Survey

In Europe, 86% of today’s consumers want to see ingredients and nutrition information provided for alcoholic beverages: an increase from two years ago. 

Carlsberg video banned for linking alcohol with building site

A Carlsberg UK video has been banned by the UK’s advertising standards authority for linking alcohol with a building site, ‘an unsafe and unwise location in which to consume alcohol’....

Brewers add ingredient & nutrition info in Europe

By the end of 2017, more than half the beer brewed in the EU will carry ingredients and nutrition information, according to The Brewers of Europe. 

Minimum unit pricing: What does the public think?

A survey of British social attitudes suggests that 52% of the public supports minimum unit pricing (MUP), while attitudes vary between people who drink lightly and heavily.

Public opinion divided on advertising and sponsorship rules for alcohol brands

Should alcohol brands be allowed to advertise on television? Should they be able to sponsor sporting events? A survey into British attitudes has found public opinion is divided on these...

Diageo, Brown-Forman & Pernod Ricard help launch new Alcohol Information Partnership

The Alcohol Information Partnership (AIP) has been launched in the UK this week. With Diageo, Brown-Forman and Pernod Ricard among its members, the group aims to ‘ensure the debate around...

Diageo’s Captain Morgan rum rapped for ‘implying alcohol could enhance personal qualities’

An advert for Diageo’s Captain Morgan rum has been banned by the UK’s advertising authority, which ruled the ad implied that drinking alcohol could enhance confidence. 

Texas craft brewers raise their pints after judge rules distribution rights law unconstitutional

A Texas federal judge has sided with three Texas-based craft brewers, striking down a 2013 law that required breweries to give up their distribution and territorial rights. 

EU argues Colombia tax on imported spirits is discrimination, asks for WTO panel to rule

The EU has requested the establishment of a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel to rule on a dispute over what it says is Colombia's discriminatory treatment of imported spirits.

CAMRA calls for consultation on alcohol guidelines: ‘Government advice is at odds with common sense’

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), a UK consumer organisation, is calling for a consultation on alcohol guidelines, saying that ‘government advice on drinking is at odds with common sense’.

‘Our efforts are far from over’: Responsible drinking alliance highlights 2015 progress

The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking – a group supported by global alcohol beverage companies including AB InBev, Heineken and Diageo – says ‘good progress’ has been made on a...

US brewers pledge to display nutrition and calorie information

Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors and Heineken USA are among the brewers in the US who have agreed to provide more information on beer labels, including calorie content and other nutritional information. 

EU Commission to investigate if ‘AB InBev has abused its position’ on Belgian beer market

The European Commission has opened an investigation to assess whether AB InBev has abused its ‘dominant position on the Belgian beer market’ by hindering imports of its beer from neighboring...

NHS calls for minimum price on Scottish alcohol

Rising alcohol sales in Scotland has strengthened the case for introducing minimum unit pricing, according to Scotland’s public health minister Aileen Campbell.

What, exactly, is a standard drink? Researchers highlight variations in alcohol consumption guidelines

The definition of a ‘standard’ alcoholic drink varies greatly between countries, observe researchers in a study published this week. 

UK wine and spirits companies back EU membership

The UK’s Prime Minister says that jobs and investment in the wine and spirits industry could be at risk if the UK leaves the EU. Meanwhile, the Wine and Spirits...

UK government freezes duty on beer, spirits and cider – but wine duty to rise

The UK government has announced that duty rates on beer, spirits and most ciders will be frozen this year. 

Supermarket ad for wine brand ‘Fat bastard’ banned by advertising watchdog

The UK’s advertising watchdog has banned an advert from supermarket Iceland for the ‘Fat bastard’ wine brand, saying it was ‘irresponsibly targeted’ because it could have been seen by children. ...

From barrels to tanks: Will winemakers use concrete instead of oak?

Could a shift from oak barrels to concrete tanks save the wine industry millions?

Beer sector urges chancellor to cut duty in Budget

Drinks industry trade bodies have called on chancellor George Osborne to cut beer duty for a fourth consecutive year in next month’s Budget.

Wine and tea may decrease risk of erectile dysfunction: Study

Wine, tea and other flavonoid-rich beverages and foods may help reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction, according to a recent study.

Small spaces, big companies: Can big corporations keep craft’s cool factor after the acquisition?

Big beverage companies are buying up craft breweries in big numbers, but does going from craft to corporation lose the cachet for these brewers?

Sonoma Cider releases sarsaparilla-inspired cider

California-based Sonoma Cider is adding a new cider with elements of sarsaparilla and vanilla to its year-round mix.

USBevX launches its inaugural year: Expo and conference brings beer, wine, spirits and cider pros together

Spirits, cider, beer and wine industries can all learn from each other, say the organizers behind the inaugural US Beverage Industry Expo, or USBevX.

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