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Plea for Brits home and abroad to 'raise a glass' this St George’s Day

As St George’s Day celebrations commence up and down the country this weekend, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has called on Brits and UK ambassadors across the world to “raise a glass” to all the wine and spirit makers across England’s 'green and pleasant land'.

Raise a glass: MP joins WSTA to urge support for English wine and spirit makers

Pubs warned ‘watch out for duty cheats’ after rules tightened

19-Apr-2017 - The Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) has urged pubs to be vigilant when purchasing alcohol following the introduction of tougher wholesale registration rules.

Rock ’n’ Roll star Sting speaks about his vineyard, love of wine, and singing in cellars

11-Apr-2017 - Sitting poised in an elegant and dark underground restaurant, a stone’s throw from The Ritz, journalists and wine enthusiasts sit not so close to each other sipping – some spitting – wines...

Pricey booze steadies wet sales in pubs

10-Apr-2017 - Expensive alcohol is helping pubs, bars and restaurants to increase or maintain profits from wet sales as consumers look for more premium experiences.

St Austell rebrands wine division

03-Apr-2017 - Cornish brewer and pubco St Austell has rebranded and relaunched its dedicated wine division.

WSTA urges close relationship with EU as Article 50 trigger looms

29-Mar-2017 - The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has urged the Government to protect the British wine and spirits industry by maintaining a “special relationship” with Europe as Theresa May kicks...

CAMRA backs report on health benefits of alcohol

28-Mar-2017 - The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has responded to a study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that found moderate drinkers have a lower risk of heart attack, angina and heart failure when...

WSTA warns Government over post-Brexit bootlegging

27-Mar-2017 - The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned Government that if Brexit talks do not achieve frictionless borders, delays and gridlocks at ports will “encourage the resurgence of alcohol...

World’s first ‘drip-free’ wine bottle unveiled by US scientist

24-Mar-2017 - The days of near-unavoidable tablecloth stains may be nearing their end, with a US scientist unveiling the world’s first drip-free wine bottle. 

Low-calorie Skinny wine to roll out across M&B pubs

23-Mar-2017 - Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) will introduce new wine brand The Skinny Fizz across a large segment of its pub estate next month.  

Winners of first independent English wine competition announced

21-Mar-2017 - The inaugural winners of the Independent English Wine Awards (IEWA) have been unveiled after judging took place last week.

BBPA: beer should have been included in low-strength consultation

21-Mar-2017 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has hit out at the Government’s low-strength consultation, which focused on wine and cider, because beer was not included.

Grape expectations: how wine is evolving in the pub sector

16-Mar-2017 - Ordering a glass of house wine in the local used to result in receiving a drink that tasted more like sulphuric acid than Syrah. Thankfully for customers’ stomach linings, those...

Spring Budget: duty rises for beer, cider, wine and spirits

08-Mar-2017 - Alcohol duty will rise for beer, cider, wine and spirits, the chancellor has announced in the budget.

Pubs lose out to supermarkets in Christmas fizz sales

08-Mar-2017 - More than 45m bottles of sparkling wine were sold in the UK at Christmas, but just 5m of those were bought in the on-trade, the rest being purchased in supermarkets.

Mounting costs pose real threat to on-trade growth

23-Feb-2017 - Increasing food and drink prices, as well as business rates revaluations, pose immediate threats to on-trade growth this year, new research shows.

JDW will be first pub chain to show drinks calories

19-Feb-2017 - Calorie information for all pub giant JD Wetherspoon’s (JDW) drinks will be shown on its menu and website for the first time from next month.

Still and sparkling wine faces triple whammy threat

14-Feb-2017 - Brexit, inflation and alcohol duty represent a triple threat to still and sparkling wine drinkers according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

2017 wine trends: Prosecco reigns but Italian reds poised for growth

08-Feb-2017 - Prosecco may be Brits' favourite wine, but lesser-known Italian regions are poised for greater popularity, according to a leading wine expert.

BBPA rebukes calls for wine and spirit duty cut

06-Feb-2017 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has dismissed the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA)'s calls for a cut in wine and spirit duty at the upcoming Budget and...

Conviviality ahead of schedule on Matthew Clark and Bibendum integration

30-Jan-2017 - Drinks retailer Conviviality has said it is ahead of schedule on the integration of Matthew Clark and Bibendum.

WSTA calls for 2% wine and spirit duty cut

23-Jan-2017 - The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to cut wine and spirit duty by 2%.


Men push women off #DryJanuary wagon

04-Jan-2017 - Men are more likely to push their female partners off the #DryJanuary wagon, goad them into breaking healthy drinking plans and consume more alcohol than the other way round.

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What 2017 has in store for the drinks category

03-Jan-2017 - Last year was a mixed bag for the pub trade, from the shockwaves following the ‘Leave’ vote of the EU referendum, to the heavily delayed pubs code and the anguish...

The Drinks List: Top 100 Brands

07-Dec-2016 - Drinking habits are changing as consumers are faced with more choice than ever, but in The Morning Advertiser's Drinks List: Top 100 Brands, there is a positive story showing a healthy...