Regulation & Safety

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Scotland alcohol sales fall following introduction of MUP

By Rachel Arthur

The amount of alcohol sold in Scotland has fallen since the introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP) in May 2018, according to the first analysis of off-trade alcohol sales in the first full year of MUP.

Sales of zero sugar drinks increased by 22 million litres between 2015 and 2018. Pic:getty/andreypopov

Soft drink sugar drops by 29% in the UK

By Rachel Arthur

An Oxford University study has found the total amount of sugar sold in soft drinks in the UK dropped by 29% between 2015-2018. “Sustained pressure on business, including fiscal measures, has led to a striking reduction,” say the researchers.

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Energy drink ban ‘makes no sense’

By Oliver Morrison

Plans in the UK to ban the sale of energy drinks to teenagers are “unscientific” and “discriminatory” according to a think-tank.

“More than two-thirds of Americans across the political spectrum want excise tax relief for the beer industry, which supports more than 2.1 million American jobs.

US House votes to extend craft beverage tax act

By Beth Newhart

Craft brewers and importers will not face a $130m tax increase in 2020 thanks to a one-year extension of relief from the the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act.

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Sugar taxes: The global picture

By Rachel Arthur, Elaine Watson, Niamh Michail, Gary Scattergood, Flora Southey

Sugar taxes continue to hit the headlines, so we take a spin around the globe to look at some of the markets where taxes have been introduced or are under debate.

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‘Sober as a motherfu’: BrewDog posters banned by watchdog

By Rachel Arthur

An advert for a BrewDog alcohol-free beer - containing the tagline 'Sober as a motherfu' - has been banned by the UK’s advertising watchdog: with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) saying it was likely to cause 'serious and widespread'...

Alcohol consumption has risen among women in Korea. Pic:getty/klee

Korea readies to ban starlets from alcohol advertising

By Richard Whitehead

This January, the Korean new year might not only have lost the skimpy calendars manufacturers have become famous for, it might even see the end of alcohol advertising that is traditionally crammed with K-pop starlets.

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