Regulation & Safety

What are the positives and negatives of consuming caffeine?

What are the positives and negatives of consuming caffeine?

By Donna Eastlake

Many of us start our day with a piping hot cup of tea or coffee. In fact, it’s sometimes the very first thought we have before we’ve even opened our eyes. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of consuming caffeine and how much is too much?

How should alcohol-free drinks speak responsibly to consumer? Pic:getty/weare

How to market alcohol-free alternatives responsibly

By Rachel Arthur

Alcohol-free alternatives provide a welcome option to the increasing number of consumers who choose not to drink. But there are growing concerns that branding similarities to alcohol could mean that alcohol-free alternatives act as a gateway into alcohol...

The EU is Mercosur's (Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina) second-largest trading partner, second only to China. Image: Getty/Adam Gault

‘No time to lose’: EU urged to conclude Mercosur trade talks

By Teodora Lyubomirova

A total of 23 trade bodies have called for the swift approval of the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement, which will make it easier to export EU agri-food products including key dairy commodities to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and vice versa.

Age-gates do little to stop underage drinkers ordering online - so how else can underage sales be stopped? Pic: getty/farknot

How can e-commerce retailers prevent the underage sale of alcohol?

By Rachel Arthur

Sales of alcohol online are becoming increasingly important: but it’s extremely difficult for retailers and brands to know if they’re selling to underage drinkers. A new set of guidelines from the UK’s Retail of Alcohol Standards Group (RASG) sets out...

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Ireland to ban TV alcohol ads before 9pm

By Rachel Arthur

Ireland will ban alcohol advertisements on TV before 9pm from 2025 in an effort to reduce children and young people’s exposure to alcohol products.

Beer accounts for the largest share of alcohol-free drinks sold in the UK. Pic: getty/humankg

England looks to change ‘alcohol-free’ definition

By Rachel Arthur

England currently considers an ‘alcohol-free’ drink as one containing less than 0.05% ABV – differing from a number of other countries that use 0.5% ABV as the definition. A public consultation is now seeking views on whether to raise the threshold for...

Single Malt Welsh Whisky has recieved protected geographical status under UKGI. Image: Getty Images, lucentius

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Welsh whisky receives global protected status

By Gwen Ridler

Single Malt Welsh Whisky has secured protected geographical indication (PGI) status, the first spirit to receive protection under the scheme since its launch.

A vineyard in Maidstone, Kent. Pic: getty/asmithers

UK government sets out to revamp wine regulations

By Rachel Arthur

The UK government will ‘scrap retained EU red tape on wine to unlock £180m’ via proposed changes to regulations for the production and marketing of wine in the country.

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