The European alcoholic beverage industry has pledged to provide nutritional information and ingredient lists for drinks, responding to an invitation from the European Commission last year to develop a self-regulatory proposal.
Australia’s Northern Territory will become the first jurisdiction in the country to set a minimum price for alcohol, in a move that has been welcomed by health experts but is likely to face a backlash from industry.
An ALDI advert for spirits – featuring a computer-generated talking carrot called Kevin – has been banned by the UK’s advertising watchdog after it ruled it the character would hold ‘strong appeal’ to under 18s.
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is calling for the introduction of new labeling regulations – such as cigarette-style health warnings, drink drive warnings, and calorie content – on alcoholic drinks in the UK.
LGC Capital, Creso Pharma, and Baltic Beer Company have formed a joint venture company, CLV Frontier Brands, which aims to develop a full beverage portfolio using cannabis terpene blends and hemp ingredients worldwide, starting with beer.
Consumption of alcoholic drinks has been largely static in recent years whereas the use of cannabis is growing and will continue to expand, offering a commercial opportunity for the alcohol industry in North America, according to Euromonitor analysts.
The US Congress has passed the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017 (CBMTRA), a bill that will cut the federal excise tax on beer, spirits, and wine producers effective on Jan. 1, 2018.
The Australian drinks industry has accused an alcohol awareness group of “attempting to create a crisis where none exists” after it called for TV ads promoting alcohol to be phased out at times when children were likely to be watching sports broadcasts.