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Drinks companies Royal Warrants up for review after Queen’s death

Published:  01 December, 2023

A string of well-known wine and spirits companies will have their Royal Warrant of Appointment status reviewed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last year.


FJ Gritsch winery leaves Austria’s Vinea Wachau

Published:  01 December, 2023

FJ Gritsch, the family-run Austrian winery, will leave the Wachau regional winegrowers’ association and instead classify its wines under the DAC pyramid of origin.


Trade reflects on ‘mixed-bag’ Autumn Statement

Published:  27 November, 2023

Following rumours of a second duty hike in line with inflation, the government quelled fears by announcing a freeze on alcohol duty in the Autumn Statement last week.


Alcohol Duty: ‘One tax rise in a year is alarming, two is unacceptable’

Published:  17 November, 2023

Ahead of the Autumn Statement on 22 November, senior figures in the wine industry are voicing their concerns amidst fears of a second alcohol duty rise in the space of four months.


Oxford Landing brings ‘duty-friendly’ wines to market

Published:  16 November, 2023

Oxford Landing Wines, owned by Australian winery Hill-Smith Family Estates, has launched two low-alcohol wines to the UK market.


Fears grow for second alcohol duty rise in less than a year

Published:  13 November, 2023

Wine and spirit businesses are calling on the chancellor to freeze alcohol duty until the end of parliament, when Jeremy Hunt delivers his Autumn Statement on 22 November.


SLTA ‘bitterly disappointed’ over Glasgow LEZ legal challenge

Published:  06 November, 2023

The (SLTA) Scottish Licensed Trade Association has said it is “bitterly disappointed” that a long-established Glasgow family business has lost its court battle against the city’s low emission zone (LEZ).


400 businesses demand alcohol duty freeze

Published:  06 November, 2023

Representatives of more than 400 businesses have written to the chancellor demanding an alcohol duty freeze in the Autumn Statement.


Bruce Jack Wines faces environmental threat from prospecting company

Published:  19 October, 2023

South African producer Bruce Jack Wines fears ‘irreversible environmental damage’, following the application of a mining company to mine for gold, silver and tin on farms outside Napier.


Fears grow for watered-down wine following Defra reforms

Published:  18 October, 2023

In what the government describes as a Brexit benefit, imported wine will soon have the option to be blended, carbonated, sweetened, and de-alcoholised in-market.


WSTA welcomes UK label changes

Published:  17 October, 2023

Following a public consultation, the government has set out reforms for the wine sector which will begin in 2024.


Duty hikes: Exploring abv options

Published:  09 October, 2023

With autumn tastings in full swing, and with it the opportunity for retailers, wholesalers and suppliers to show off new stock, Harpers wondered if there might be an influx of lower-abv wines in light of the duty hikes. James Bayley reports.


Somms to be eligible for skilled worker visa

Published:  04 October, 2023

Following a review by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), sommeliers have been reclassified to be eligible for the skilled worker visa route.


New BSI guidelines will improve quality of UK and Irish whisky

Published:  11 September, 2023

The Scottish, Welsh, English and Irish whisky industries have agreed on a consistent method of production to ensure quality is consistent across the entire category.


Duty hikes: Details of government consultation revealed

Published:  11 August, 2023

The alcohol duty hikes on 1 August 2023 were the biggest the UK has seen in nearly fifty years and the changes will impact all wines across the country. 


Punch Pubs & Co and Beam Suntory join Portman Group as associate members

Published:  08 August, 2023

The Portman Group, the alcohol regulator and social responsibility body, has announced today (8 August) that Punch Pubs & Co and Beam Suntory have joined as associate members.


The WSTA to launch ‘low and no’ alcohol guides

Published:  04 August, 2023

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has spearheaded the development of the UK’s first low and no alcohol guides, amid exponential growth in the burgeoning sector. 


Rioja adds 15 new ‘Singular Vineyards’

Published:  01 August, 2023

The government of Spain has added 15 new wine-growing sites of the Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin with the qualitative distinction of ‘Singular Vineyard’. 


Food prices in hospitality surge again as supermarket prices ease

Published:  31 July, 2023

Inflation in hospitality rose again in June to 22.6% YOY, just shy of the record high of 22.9% in December 2022, as measured by CGA.


Ofgem challenged on hidden energy costs by UKHospitality

Published:  25 July, 2023

Leading associations including UKHospitality have signed an open letter challenging energy regulator Ofgem to take ‘immediate’ action on hidden charges by energy brokers.