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Demand for no and low products becoming ‘year round phenomenon’

Published:  17 January, 2022

The demand for no/low alcohol brands surged across key global markets in 2021, with consumer interest no longer confined to seasonal trends like Dry January.

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Consumer interest in no and low products surging

Published:  05 January, 2022

One in three UK drinkers now regularly choose low or no alcohol brands, according to a new survey commissioned by the Portman Group.

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Soapbox: Why ingredient labelling on alcohol is vital

Published:  04 January, 2022

Richard Horwell of Brand Relations says full and compulsory ingredient labelling on alcoholic drinks is essential for the longevity and transparency of the sector

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Liberty adds to calls on government to reconsider wine duty reforms

Published:  17 December, 2021

Liberty Wines has joined a growing roster of UK drinks companies in voicing its concerns around the upcoming government alcohol duty review, which is under consultation until 30 January 2022.

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Tim Atkin MW: Time for honesty about alcohol

Published:  13 December, 2021

“People like to masturbate.” As first sentences go, this one certainly snares your attention. It’s not the only remarkable thing about Edward Slingerland’s new book Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced and Stumbled our Way to Civilization (£25, Little Brown, Spark). Nor is the author some ill-informed polemicist looking to generate a few headlines. Slingerland is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.

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IWSR report: E-commerce to grow exponentially in three years

Published:  08 December, 2021

The total value of the e-commerce sector in headline markets is expected to grow at an unprecedented rate between 2022-2025, according to the IWSR.

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Calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks gains pace

Published:  25 November, 2021

The latest market review released by the Portman Group has shown that almost half (47%) of alcoholic drinks sold in the UK now feature calorie information on labels, despite no legal requirement to do so.

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SLTA issues call for ‘level playing field’ in pubs and supermarkets duty

Published:  27 October, 2021

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) is calling on the Government to overhaul the alcohol excise duty system and introduce new measures that would create a differential between alcohol sold in pubs and supermarkets.

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Sparkling wine premium could be scrapped in alcohol duty overhaul

Published:  19 October, 2021

Reports from the national press suggest that the premium on sparkling wine duty could be scrapped by chancellor Rishi Sunak in the upcoming Autumn Budget in a move which could bring sparkling wine duty in line with still.

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WSTA makes further calls for duty freeze

Published:  19 October, 2021

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is again calling on the Government to freeze alcohol duty as consumers face record high prices over the festive period.

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RTDs continue to grow boosted by hard seltzers and FABs

Published:  19 October, 2021

The market for ready-to-drink (RTD) alcohol products continues to show traction and demand from consumers, according to a new study from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.

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Aldi launches inaugural 'Zerozecco' ahead of Christmas 2021

Published:  15 September, 2021

The German discounter Aldi has unveiled a new range of alcohol-free drinks ahead of the festive season, including a zero abv Prosecco imitation.

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‘Return to normality’ impacts sales of BWS in grocery sector

Published:  14 September, 2021

The latest data released by Kantar indicates that UK drinkers are consuming less alcohol at home, with total grocery sales of BWS falling significantly over the past three months.

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Evolution in motion

Published:  08 September, 2021

The growing no/low-alcohol cocktail category has seen some serious innovation as bars and consumers seek more substance in their drinks. Clinton Cawood reports on the latest trends

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Vinpro: ‘Hopeful for a positive outcome’

Published:  26 August, 2021

Vinpro has said it is “hopeful for a positive outcome” following the announcement by the Western Cape High Court that it reserved judgement in the court case during which the industry body contested the approach followed by government towards alcohol ban restrictions.

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One week left to enter Harpers Design Awards

Published:  25 August, 2021

The race is on with just one week left to enter Harpers Design Awards 2021.

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BWS grocery sales decline 6%

Published:  24 August, 2021

Beer, wine and spirits (BWS) sales through supermarkets continued to slide in the four weeks ending 14 August 2021, down 6% compared with the same period last year, according to Total Till data from NielsenIQ released today.

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Long read: When it comes to no and low, one size does not fit all

Published:  19 August, 2021

Richard Horwell, owner of London-based food and drink marketing and branding company, Brand Relations, talks though the nuances between no and low beers, wines and spirits, and sets out the future for each.

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Soapbox: Zero clarity threatens the future of no and low

Published:  12 August, 2021

In an extended soapbox this month, Vickie Rogerson, MD of specialist food and drink communications agency North PR and former head of food and BWS PR at Asda, makes the case for radically improved no and low alcohol labelling.

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Supermarkets record drop in BWS sales

Published:  20 July, 2021

Take-home sales of alcohol over the four weeks to 11 July were down by 3% compared with the previous month, according to the latest figures from Kantar.

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