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Gin ‘fingerprinting’ could help futureproof the category

By Rachel Arthur

A new technique that takes a chemical fingerprint of gin in seconds could hold 'huge potential' for the industry: allowing producers to create better and more consistent gins; enable regulators to detect fraudulent products; and even help create...

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...

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...

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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.

Even 'just the one' drink involves risk, says the new Canadian guidance. Pic: getty/happy photon

New Canadian drinking guidelines call for stricter alcohol policies

By Rachel Arthur

A Canadian report on health and alcohol suggests health warnings, minimum unit pricing and stringent advertising restrictions for alcohol should be implemented in the country: as it delivers its message that ‘no amount or kind of alcohol is good for your...

A 20cl bottle provides 1-2 glasses of wine: much better suited to some occasions than a traditional 75cl bottle. Pic: getty/indigolotos

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Why are wine miniatures a fast-growing format?

By Alex Green, co-founder, Beyond Wines

From being ‘cute’ to helping manage consumption, the miniature wine format is growing in popularity with consumers. Alex Green, co-founder of wine distributor Beyond Wines and creator of premium wine brand Liquid Diamond, takes a look what makes the format...

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UK brewers focus on pathway to net zero

By Michelle Perrett

UK brewers are taking "huge steps" to be more environmentally-friendly with an expanded, targeted roadmap being launched to help the sector decarbonise at pace to reach net zero

The findings provide 'pause for thought about the contrast between unrestricted designs in alcohol packaging, and the plain packaging legal requirements for cigarettes'. Pic: getty/shablon

Study assesses influence of alcohol packaging on young people

By Rachel Arthur

With some young adults admitting they purchase alcohol solely on pack appeal, researchers from the University of Stirling in Scotland say further studies should consider the potential of stronger regulation of alcohol packaging.

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The changing face of Low2No alcohol

By Pete Martin, Regulatory Director, Ashbury

Pete Martin, Regulatory Director at UK product information specialist, Ashbury, breaks down the labelling laws for the sector, and shares his future predictions for the category.

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CEEV calls for science-based alcohol recommendations

By Rachel Arthur

The European wine industry body, Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV), is re-iterating the importance of ‘science- and evidence-based’ policies ahead of a vote on the European Parliament’s report in the Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA)....

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