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Britain facing ‘gin drought’ if no Brexit deal is found

Published:  12 June, 2018

British distillers are warning of a potential ‘gin drought’ if negotiators fail to reach a deal with the EU before the UK’s Brexit deadline next March.

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Women in Wine

Published:  04 June, 2018

Lisa Riley reports on how both genders are galvanising efforts to ensure better representation for women in the industry

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WSTA’s Gibbs leaves to work for government

Published:  31 May, 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has announced its director of UK policy and social responsibility, Carlo Gibbs, will be leaving later this summer.

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WSTA partners with Crimestoppers in fake booze crackdown

Published:  28 May, 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has joined forces with Crimestoppers in a crackdown on fake booze pedalling.

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LWF: Uncertainty continues to cloud Brexit debate to 2020 and beyond

Published:  21 May, 2018

With 312 days to go until the UK officially leaves the EU, the effect of economic uncertainty and how the trade is placed to take advantage of opportunities offered by Brexit formed the crux of discussions at one of the opening debates of the London Wine Fair this morning.

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LWF: Free tickets for WSTA conference up for grabs as Hillebrand renews sponsorship

Published:  21 May, 2018

JF Hillebrand has renewed its sponsorship deal of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) annual conference.

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WSTA signs deal to promote trade relations with China

Published:  24 April, 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is to sign an agreement with Chinese distiller Kweichow Moutai Co to increase trade relations between the two countries.

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Record breaking year for bottles of English and Welsh wine

Published:  03 April, 2018

A record number of bottles of English and Welsh wines were released onto the market last year, according to new HMRC data.

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UK trade responds as EU27 approves negotiating guidelines for next phase of Brexit and transition deal

Published:  23 March, 2018

On Friday in Brussels EU leaders finally agreed to adopt negotiating guidelines for the future of EU-UK relations, paving the way for the next phase of talks to get underway, after months of wrangling over the details.

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Spain raises the stakes

Published:  23 March, 2018

Spain has long been known as the commercial hub of Europe’s classic winemaking regions – a category that has traditionally seen off-trade sales veer towards its £5-£10 “sweet spot” or lower, to the sub-£5, rather than its top tier of lauded pagos.

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Sparkling drives growth as inflation bites down on average prices

Published:  12 March, 2018

Volume sales of alcohol continued to decline in the UK off-trade in 2017, but value sales increased in both yearly and quarterly sales, particularly in sparkling wine, which remains the main driver of growth for the overall wine category.

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WSTA wins European award for annual conference

Published:  27 February, 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has been awarded the Best Conference gong at the European Association Awards (EAC) ceremony for its annual conference

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The Midlands Wine & Spirit Association appoints new chairman

Published:  26 February, 2018

The Midlands Wine & Spirit Association (MWSA) has appointed Iain Phillips of Mentzendorff & Co as its new chairman.

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WSTA strengthens board with two new appointments

Published:  07 February, 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has added two new members to its board - Tesco’s commercial director, Kari Daniels and The Wine society’s Robin McMillan.

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UK alcohol prices the fourth most expensive in Europe

Published:  07 February, 2018

Britain has been revealed as the fourth most expensive country in Europe when it comes to alcohol.

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UK distillery number doubles in five years

Published:  17 January, 2018

The number of UK distilleries in the UK has doubled in the past five years, boosted by the gin boom.

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Brexit and bad harvests could dampen supply of fizz

Published:  02 January, 2018

2018 could be the year that Brits’ love of sparkling catches up with them as experts predict a fizz shortage could be about to descend on the UK.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond labelled “scrooge”

Published:  21 November, 2017

Philip Hammond is being labelled a “scrooge” after it was revealed he will be one of the worst Chancellors to tax the wine and spirit sector if he pursues the planned increase in the Budget tomorrow (Wednesday, 22 November).

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Jerry Lockspeiser: An epic management disaster

Published:  20 November, 2017

It’s a tale of corporate mismanagement to rival the worst.

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The WSTA guide – what you need to know and what you need to question about the forthcoming budget

Published:  15 November, 2017

Budget speak explained by the WSTA

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