WSTA expands to take on gin and vodka role

16 December 2010

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) will expand its role on behalf of the spirits sector in the New Year following the decision to cease operations of the Gin and Vodka Association (GVA).

The move will see the formation of a new Spirits Council within the WSTA to represent the interests of spirits companies, which will be chaired by Bob Rishworth of Halewood International, the recently appointed Chairman of the GVA.

The move will see Graham Bateman and Louise Foxwell joining the WSTA team from the GVA as Spirits Policy Director and Spirits Policy Manager respectively.

The changes take effect from December 31st.

WSTA Chief Executive Jeremy Beadles said:  “The WSTA is looking forward to working with some new member companies and expanding its role. I would like to place on record our thanks to existing members for their continuing support on behalf of the industry. On a personal note I am delighted that Graham and Louise will be adding their expertise to our team."


Notes to editors
The Gin and Vodka Association formed in 1991 through the merger of the Vodka Trade Association and the Gin Rectifiers and Distillers Association.

The WSTA is the UK lobbying organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 310 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wines and spirits.
We campaign to promote the industry’s interests with governments at home and abroad.
We work with our members to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol.

For more information please contact Gavin Partington:
Tel:  +44 (0) 20 7089 3876
Mob:  +44 (0) 7966 014058
Email: [email protected]

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