Alcohol Regulation

Alcohol group slams attempt to ‘create crisis’ over sports ads

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Alcohol group slams attempt to ‘create crisis’ over sports ads

By RJ Whitehead

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.

Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha's 5.6% ABV line will releasing new flavors in fall 2017, the company said.

Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha expands 5.6% ABV beverage line

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha’s 5.6% ABV line is expanding its distribution and flavor offerings aiming to take the alcoholic fermented beverage nationwide in the US by mid-2018, the company said. 

The packaging in question, which CollaGin says is no longer available.

CollaGin complaint upheld for ‘making therapeutic claims’

By Rachel Arthur

The Independent Complaints Panel has upheld two complaints against CollaGin – a UK gin distilled with pure collagen – for packaging that ‘suggested the product had therapeutic qualities or could help with the consumer’s appearance in some way’.

'Cellared in Canada' will soon no longer appear on labels of wine blends bottled in Canada, according to the CFIA. ©iStock/Halfpoint

Push to change ‘misleading’ Canadian wine labels moves forward

By Mary Ellen Shoup

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 was “misleading” and “uninformative." 

The WSTA predicts UK wine prices will continue to rise. Pic:iStock

Brexit pushes UK wine prices to all-time high

By Rachel Arthur

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 from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Pic: iStock/monticello

Minimum unit pricing: What does the public think?

By Rachel Arthur

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.

The UK will hold a referendum on EU membership in June this year. Pic: iStock

UK wine and spirits companies back EU membership

By Rachel Arthur

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 Trade Association has announced that 90% of its members want to stay in the EU. 

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