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WSTA welcomes move on fortified wines

7 January 2011

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association today welcomed confirmation that new regulations on measures for fortified wine will continue to allow 100ml servings. 

Previous drafts of the regulation published by the last Government would have restricted fortified wine servings to 50ml or 70ml whereas sherry is customarily served in a 100ml measure.

Following concerns raised by the WSTA, the National Measurements Office has confirmed that the new regulation, set to come into force in October 2011, will allow multiples of these measures to be served.

The new regulations will also permit smaller servings of wine to allow samples to be sold and allow the ‘schooner’ 2/3 pint measure for beer and cider.

Jeremy Beadles, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said:

“We’re pleased the National Measurements Office has responded positively to the concerns we raised. This flexibility will allow different fortified wines to be served in appropriate measures and, along with the move on ‘sample’ size wine servings, offers some much needed de-regulation that the whole trade can welcome.”


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WSTA
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]

WSTA response to Government announcement of ban on below cost sales

Responding to the Government’s announcement that it will ban the sale of alcohol below the level of excise duty and VAT, WSTA Chief Executive Jeremy Beadles said: 

“We have consistently argued for a ban on the sale of 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. This is the practical way to implement this policy.

“It is important this policy is applied nationally. We are sure Ministers will want to ensure it is not undermined by separate and different price initiatives by local authorities.

“It’s equally vital to recognise that alcohol pricing and taxation cannot provide the solution to alcohol misuse. What’s needed is education and rigorous enforcement of laws to address misuse and related anti-social behaviour.”

 

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Notes to editors:

WSTA
The WSTA is the UK 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]

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."

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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.

WSTA
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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