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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.

Beverage Bites: News up to September 17, 2015

The reaction to AB InBev and SABMiller announcement: Beverage Bites special

Yesterday AB InBev and SABMiller confirmed they are exploring a mega-brewer tie-up, which would create a force controlling an incredible 30% of global beer volumes. So what would this mean...

‘People have a right to know where the juice used to make their cider comes from!’ Cider makers call for country of origin labels

Cider Australia has launched a petition calling for country of origin labelling laws to be extended to cider, in an effort to ensure producers using local ingredients are on a...

Minimum unit pricing on alcohol could break free trade rules

Scotland’s plans for minimum unit pricing on alcohol could break free trade rules, says the advocate general for the European Court of Justice; but the Scottish government says it will continue...

‘Stop pretending drinkers are a burden on taxpayers!’ Report says alcohol tax revenue far outweighs cost to the public purse

The cost of alcohol use to the government in England has been over-stated by public health campaigners, and in fact the revenue from taxes outweighs such costs to the tune...

Non-alcoholic Guinness hopes to address beer challenges

Diageo hopes its non-alcoholic Guinness will improve fortunes in Indonesia, with the alcoholic beverage giant saying the beverage is addressing market trends in the country, and legislation which now bans...

Powdered alcohol: Will it encourage a shake-up of regulations?

The reaction to powdered alcohol may signal a new era for state-level alcohol policy action, according to a viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 

‘Excellent news’: Cider campaign welcomes UK Budget pledge to keep duty exemption, contrary to EU directive

The UK government has pledged to retain a duty exemption for small-scale cider makers, a policy that has been threatened by the European Commission. 

This week Down Under

Victoria urges other states to form national ban on powdered alcohol

Victoria urges states to join it in national ban on powdered alcohol

Diageo to fight Smirnoff advert ban over alcohol and social responsibility

Diageo GB will appeal an advertising ban for a Smirnoff vodka TV advert, saying it is ‘deeply disappointed’ that the UK watchdog believes it implied the success of the social...

Rum deal: Brazil fights for global recognition of its sugar cane spirit cachaça

Brazil and Mexico have signed a declaration calling for the mutual recognition of cachaça and tequila as two distinct and genuine products.

Powdered alcohol faces U.S. prohibition calls in consumer poll

A national poll by has found over half of U.S. consumers favor a ban on powdered alcohol on concerns it promotes underage drinking, but the manufacturers say it’s safer than...

NGOs resign from EU health forum with ‘deep concerns’ about alcohol-related harm and effectiveness of industry commitments

More than 20 health bodies have resigned from the EU Alcohol and Health Forum, saying the European Commission is ignoring calls to develop a new EU Alcohol Strategy.

KeVita proposes 'Verified Non Alcoholic' logo to reassure shoppers kombucha is below legal alcohol limit

Tens of thousands of kombucha bottles were pulled from US shelves in 2010 after it emerged they exceeded the 0.5% legal alcohol limit, so you’d assume products on shelf today...

MEPs adopt EU alcohol resolution

MEPs adopted a resolution on calorie content of alcoholic drinks yesterday, a move welcomed by industry and stakeholders across Europe who hope it will spur the Commission into legislating.

‘A powerful triumvirate of sport, alcohol and social media is emerging,’ say researchers

Brands are using social media to ‘normalise’ alcohol consumption as an integral part of a sporting experience, according to a study from Australia’s Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.

“A good week” - for whom? Context helps clear Diageo’s Guinness tweet

A tweet from Diageo GB, which featured a photo of its Guinness brewery gates in Dublin, has been cleared by the UK advertising watchdog after Alcohol Concern alleged it was...

Whisky industry urges free trade to boost exports

Sinking whisky exports underline the need for the next government to press for more open markets and ambitious Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), urges the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

‘Let’s inform, not mislead:’ Calorie labelling on alcoholic beverages could see spirits suffer, says Spirits Europe

Calorie labelling on alcoholic beverages could mislead consumers: according to industry body Spirits Europe.

Calorie labelling should be mandatory for alcoholic drinks, say public health MEPs

Calorie content labelling should be made mandatory for alcoholic beverages in the EU as soon as possible, say public health Members of European Parliament (MEPs).

Heineken and Carlsberg back brewers’ pledge for nutritional labeling on beer

Heineken, Carlsberg, SAB Miller, and AB InBev are backing a pledge from The Brewers of Europe, which commits to listing ingredients and nutritional information on beer. 

‘Dangerously high’ levels of arsenic in California wine, alleges lawsuit: but industry slams the science

California wine is ‘perfectly safe,’ says the industry body Wine Institute, after a lawsuit alleged some low-cost products contain ‘dangerously high’ levels of inorganic arsenic.  

Bad habits? Frequent drinking becomes more popular in middle age: Study

Teenagers may favor irregular heavy drinking, but frequent drinking becomes more popular during and after middle age, according to a UK study.

Palcohol fired up with fighting talk as it faces prospect of state bans

'Unfounded speculation is no basis to outlaw a product:' Palcohol announces TTB approval but battle rumbles on

Palcohol – the powdered alcohol that's sparked furious US debate over the last year – says it has been given the green light by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and...

report calls for tighter regulations on alcohol advertising

Strewth mate! Children are more familiar with Foster’s than ice-cream and biscuit brands

Children are more familiar with alcohol brands such as Foster’s than leading brands of biscuits, crisps, and ice-cream, according to a report from Alcohol Concern in England and Scotland. ...

Beckham ‘no longer likely to hold such appeal to children’: ASA

Diageo escapes red card: ASA clears David Beckham Haig Club whisky advert

Diageo’s Haig Club whisky advert featuring footballing icon David Beckham has been cleared by UK media regulator the Advertising Standards Authority.

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