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Alcohol Regulation

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.

VK Facebook advert banned for ‘promoting unwise drinking styles’

A Facebook ad for alcoholic beverage VK has been banned, after the UK’s advertising standards watchdog upheld complaints that it was socially irresponsible and promoted unwise drinking styles. 

Push to change ‘misleading’ Canadian wine labels moves forward

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is set to alter its ‘Cellared in Canada’ wine label designation after receiving complaints from consumers and the Canadian wine industry that the description...

Global alcohol sales decline at faster pace than previous years

Global alcohol consumption is declining at a faster rate than it has for the past five years with diminishing volume sales of vodka, beer, and cider leading the downturn, a...

Brexit pushes UK wine prices to all-time high

The average price of a bottle of wine in the UK has risen more in the last 12 weeks than it had in the last two years, according to figures...

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Brewers Association: Craft beer must resist imposing ‘old order’ of big beer

The craft beer industry must resist and fight the imposing threat of large beer corporations who are seeking to monopolize the beer market, president and CEO of the Brewers Association...

‘Devastating blow’ for spirits sector in Canada Federal Budget

Spirits Canada says it is ‘shocked and dismayed’ at an immediate increase in the federal excise duty for spirits, saying that manufacturers in the country already bear one of the...

Pernod Ricard: Nutritional information for biggest brands

Pernod Ricard will offer improved access to nutritional information about its products, the spirits & wine giant has announced.  

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Alcohol nutrition & ingredients labelling: Can the industry rise to the challenge?

Should your bottle of wine tell you how many calories you are consuming? Should your beer list its ingredients? Given consumers’ increased scrutiny over what they eat – and drink...

European Commission report on consumer information on alcoholic beverages

Drinks industry invited to create self-regulatory proposal for nutrition & ingredients labelling on alcohol in Europe

The European Commission is inviting the alcoholic beverage industry to develop a self-regulatory proposal that provides information on ingredients and nutrition on all alcoholic beverages. 

Spirit, wine & beer industries dismayed by duty rise in UK Budget

The UK’s beer, wine and spirits industries have responded with dismay after the government announced alcohol duty rates will rise with inflation.  

Striking workers in Canada won’t stop until Molson Coors drops demands

Molson Coors plant workers in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, have been on strike since January 12, 2017, after a list of concessionary demands were made by the brewer that negatively impacted...

Constellation Brands: 'It's too early to know' how Trump policies will affect Mexican beer portfolio

Constellation Brands says it is “too early to know” how US President Donald Trump’s policies – and in particular a 20% tax on imports from Mexico - will affect its business.

Drinks industry calls for duty cuts as Brexit looms

UK spirit, wine and beer industries are calling for a cut in duty, saying that as Brexit looms they need the government’s support more than ever.

‘Don’t worry: but do prepare and get involved’: WSTA’s Brexit advice to wine & spirit companies

As the UK looks to Brexit, the UK's Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) wants to see trade deals that minimize disruption and create new opportunities. It says the industry...

New Zealand

Study lifts lid on how much alcohol branding kids see on sports TV

Kiwi viewers can be exposed to four alcoholic drinks brands every minute as they watch sport on the television, leading some children to assume that drinking alcohol was “part of...

Current controls on alcohol marketing do not protect youth, argue public health experts: but industry defends self-regulation

Young people are exposed to ‘extensive alcohol marketing’ and governments around the world need to strengthen rules, say public health experts, as a supplement on the subject is published in...

Australia

Kids following 'European model' three times less likely to binge drink

Children given sips of alcohol by their parents are much more likely to be drinking full measures by 16, but less likely to binge drink, according to a study of...

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Social media blurs lines between alcohol and sport, researchers claim

An Australian study into how alcohol companies use sport to sell their products via social media suggests that businesses go beyond simple promotion by encouraging their audiences to create and...

Drink associations to appeal against minimum unit pricing in Scotland

The drinks industry has applied to appeal in the UK Supreme Court against Scotland’s plans for minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcoholic beverages. 

Minimum unit pricing: What will it mean for wine, beer, and spirits in Scotland?

Spirits will face the greatest impact from Scotland’s impending minimum unit price legislation, with 69% of volume currently sold being below the 50p per unit threshold. But wine and premium...

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.

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