International Trade

Up and away: gin sales are on the rise

British gin outsells beef

By Huw Cross

Britain exports more gin than beef, according to new figures that show overseas sales reached £530m in 2017.

Overseas help: the UK exports 3.4m barrels of beer to the US each year

US beer tax cuts will save UK British exporters £7.2m

By Nikkie Sutton

Significant cuts in US beer tax will save UK beer exporters millions of pounds and this has been welcomed by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the Society for Independent Brewers (SIBA).

Big challenges: industry experts will be grilled on the impact of Brexit on the food and drink sector

JDW and ALMR to be quizzed over Brexit food and drink inquiry

By Georgina Townshend

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has published evidence submissions from industry insiders and trade bodies for the Brexit and the implications for UK business: processed food and drink inquiry.

On the road: pub showcase could encourage more overseas tourists to visit British pubs

Mock pub aims to drive UK tourism and beer exports

By Fred A'Court

A British pub set-up complete with bar, seating areas and even an iconic red telephone box at overseas trade shows could also be used to boost beer exports – with the added bonus of visiting a pub as a ‘must do’ activity during a visit to the UK.

'Considerable challenges': Tories promise to make longer-term business rates reforms Photo Credit: Jay Allen

General Election 2017

Tories promise long-term reforms to business rates system

By Georgina Townshend

The Conservative Party has admitted that the business rates system “presents considerable challenges” to small businesses and has promised to make longer-term reforms in its pre-election manifesto.

Master distiller: Jeff Arnett on the future of JD


Jack Daniel’s master distiller on marijuana, Brexit and Trump

By Nicholas Robinson

Brexit and Trump are not big business concerns for Jack Daniel’s (JD), which is to grow its understanding of pub culture in the brand’s largest export market the UK. However, further legalisation of marijuana in the US could pose an issue.

Around the world: UK gin is a top seller


British gin is taking over the world

By Nicholas Robinson

Britain is the beating heart of the global gin industry, with three quarters of all exported gin coming from this island, and with Scotland accounting for two thirds of UK gin production.

BBPA publishes pub Brexit manifesto


BBPA publishes pub Brexit manifesto

By Oli Gross

A manifesto which sets out how the beer and pub sector can be a force for growth and job creation following Brexit has been published by the British Beer & Pub Association.

Brexit 'could benefit UK craft brewers'


Brexit 'could benefit UK craft brewers'

By Daniel Woolfson

Leaving the EU could prove advantageous to the UK’s booming craft brewing industry, leading analysts have claimed. 

Tim Martin: 'Remain' campaign shows contempt for British public

Tim Martin: 'Remain' campaign shows contempt for British public

By Tim Martin

In my message below, I have tried to deal with the main points which have been raised by both sides in the great national debate about the EU. One point which has not been challenged by the IMF, the OECD, the Treasury, Goldman Sachs or any of the other...

US craft beers in the UK still growing in popularity


UK imports of US craft beer up

By Nicholas Robinson

Imports of US craft beer in the UK are on the up, as brewers in the States announce a global rise in exports of 16.3% for last year, according to new figures from the Brewers Association (BA).

Cameron: 'Brexit would be bad for wine and spirits'

EU Referendum

Cameron: 'a stronger alcohol industry lies within the EU'

By Nicholas Robinson

Britain's alcohol industry will be safer and stronger if the UK votes to stay in the European Union (EU), Prime Minister David Cameron has promised ahead of the referendum later this year.

BBPA beer export tariffs

BBPA in battle for fairer export tariffs

By Ellie Bothwell

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is “heavily engaged” in the G8’s “major discussions” about import and export tariffs, chief executive Brigid Simmonds announced at the BBPA’s autumn Key Issues Forum last week.

From left: Gordon Thomson, Gareth Jones and David Wills of Heineken UK Ltd with Kath Gill on the helpline at Licensed Trade Support & Care.

Heineken UK Sponsors Trade Charity Helpline

By Adam Pescod

Heineken UK has made a £10,000 donation towards the running costs of the Licensed Trade Charity's helpline in 2011. The contribution will cover the...

Government could help likes of Tyne Bank Brewery, which began production this week

Government microbrewer exports drive

By John Harrington, M&C Report

The Government is spearheading a fresh drive to encourage more export sales of beer from smaller British brewers. The Department for Environment,...

BBPA: brewing exports on the up

BBPA urges tax relief for brewers

By Lesley Foottit

The BBPA has urged tax relief for brewers to enable the sector to help lead Britain to an export-led recovery from recession.

Hydes: pleasing results in a tough year

Pre-tax profits up at Hydes

By Ewan Turney

Manchester brewer and pub operator Hydes has recorded a 38% rise in underlying annual pre-tax profits fuelled by growth in its free trade business....

Hydes: strong first quarter

Hydes bounces back from weak 2008

By The PMA Team

Manchester-based brewer and retailer Hydes has reported a strong first quarter helped by warm weather after a weak trading performance in its most...

Sales are flat at Diageo

Sales flat at drinks giant Diageo

By Ewan Turney

Drinks giant Diageo has reported flat sales for the nine months to 31 March on last year. The Guinness brewer and spirits and wine producer said net...

Minimum price could cause problems for Scotch Whisky abroad

SWA: minimum pricing is illegal

By Ewan Turney

A minimum price agreement on alcoholic drinks is likely to breach both EU and International Trade law, warns the Scotch Whisky Association.