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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.

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.

‘The beer space is due for disruption’: BrewPublik eyes nationwide craft beer delivery expansion

The world of craft beer has become increasingly expansive and complex, in both flavor and variety. A North Carolina-based startup wants to make the world simpler for the average consumer.

Tough new alcohol guidelines get mixed response

New guidelines on the amount of alcohol people should drink in a week have received a lukewarm reaction from scientists and lobby groups.

News in brief

AB InBev UK commits to nutritional information for beer

AB InBev UK will provide full ingredient and nutritional information for its beers, building on a European pledge made last year. 

CIDER Act to cut key taxes in cider market

The CIDER Act, which will update various tax definitions of cider, was passed into law with the end-of-year US tax package.

Wine becomes more portable and accessible: Gallo

Wine lovers are unafraid to try a variety of wine and want more portable packaging, according to a recent survey.

Wine boost: US Patent and Trademark Office grants certification mark for Napa Valley

The Napa Valley Vintners has obtained a Certification Mark from the US Patent and Trademark Office for the name ‘Napa Valley,’ the first time an American Viticultural Area (AVA) has...

TWE to begin listing calorie information for wine

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced it will voluntarily start providing calorie information for its wine.

Brewing beer with buckwheat: Israeli brewery goes gluten-free

Being diagnosed with celiac disease usually means the days of drinking beer are over, but entrepreneur Bryan Meadan wasn’t quite ready to accept that fate. He is now brewing beer using...

Strongbow ad banned for suggesting alcohol is as important as personal relationships

The UK’s advertising watchdog has banned a Strongbow advert for implying that a “relationship with Strongbow was as important as a significant romantic relationship.”

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). 

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