Health Secretary to address WSTA annual conference

12 August 2011

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is to give the keynote address at next month’s annual WSTA Conference.

Mr Lansley is leading the Government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal designed to encourage businesses to make voluntary commitments aimed at tackling public health issues, including alcohol misuse.

The second phase of Responsibility Deal discussions on alcohol gets under way later this month with separate stakeholder groups focusing on retail principles; lower alcohol alternatives; and alcohol education.

The WSTA conference, hosted by Chairman Tim How, will be held in London on Wednesday, 14th September. 

Nick Hyde, Managing Director Diageo Wines Europe, is amongst a panel of speakers who will be debating a range of issues affecting the sector.

It will feature analysis of the latest trade data from Nielsen and consider future consumer trends, with a presentation from Pula Houghton, Head of Economic Policy for Which?

WSTA Chief Executive Jeremy Beadles, who also co-chairs the Public Health Responsibility Deal’s alcohol network, said:  “As ever the WSTA conference provides a forum to mix with some of the biggest names in the business and this year‘s cast list ensures there will be plenty to debate and discuss.

“I’m particularly pleased that Andrew Lansley is taking this opportunity to address us, as the industry and other stakeholders continue to make progress on voluntary commitments aimed at improving public health.”


WSTA Conference
WSTA conference tickets are available to WSTA Members for £140 plus VAT (£168).  Non-member may buy tickets at the full price of £280 plus VAT (£336).
To book places please contact Louise Vaux on 020 7089 3874 or email [email protected], alternatively complete and return the booking form found via the following link
The conference will be held at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN.

Notes to editors

The WSTA is the UK organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 340 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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