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WSTA response to Coalition Government policy statement on alcohol

Responding to today’s Coalition Government policy statement, the WSTA welcomes the proposal to ban below cost sale of alcohol.

WSTA Chief Executive Jeremy Beadles said: 

“The WSTA supports a ban on selling alcohol below the level of duty plus VAT on the basis that these are both consumer taxes and therefore the cost should be passed on to the consumer.

“While the WSTA remains opposed to minimum pricing we are keen to work with Government on the issue of below cost selling to ensure any future legislation does not discriminate against any particular section of the drinks industry.

“However, we do not believe that alcohol pricing and taxation provide the solution to alcohol misuse. What’s needed is education and rigorous enforcement of laws to address misuse and related anti-social behaviour.

“We will continue to work with Government to communicate the sensible drinking message, not least through the Campaign for Smarter Drinking, which this week received the Drinks Business Responsible Drinking 2010 award.”


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Notes to editors:

WSTA
The WSTA is the UK organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 320 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]


WSTA offers advice to consumers investing in wine

The WSTA is issuing fresh advice to consumers over the checks they should make before investing in wine.  The checklist is designed to protect buyers from the risk of wine fraud.

The advice from the WSTA comes as wine merchants release their 2009 en primeur offers.  En primeur wines are wines released for sale before they are bottled or ready for delivery. 

There are fears that demand for the high quality 2009 Bordeaux vintage may lead to potential investors being targeted by fraudsters who take money for wine that is either not delivered or not the wine it is claimed to be. The fears have been fuelled by recent police investigations and arrests in connection with alleged wine investment frauds.

The WSTA urges consumers to make a series of checks on merchants offering wine as an investment vehicle including:

" Consider the size and reputation of the merchant - large, established businesses are less likely to collapse or be engaged in dubious trading and are more likely to be registered with Companies House enabling basic checks about company ownership and accounts to be made
" Ask the merchant whether they provide guarantees or carry insurance
" Check whether prices are competitive and whether they include delivery
" Ensure that you ask for and receive invoices and statements clearly establishing your entitlement to the wine you have paid for

The full list of guidelines is available here:
Guide-to-the-en-primeur-wine-market.html

WSTA Chief Executive Jeremy Beadles said:

"Fine wine can be a very good investment but consumers should make some basic checks before they part with their money.  Bonafide merchants and brokers won't have any problem proving their credentials but consumers who ask the right questions will ensure they are not caught out by dubious dealers."


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Notes to editors

The WSTA is the UK organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 320 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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