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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]


WSTA response to Rowntree report

8 December 2010

Responding to today’s report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation “Young people and alcohol: influences on how they drink”, Jeremy Beadles, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said:

“The issue at the heart of this report is the sad propensity of some young adults to drink to get drunk and that is why the industry is investing millions of pounds in a five year campaign to change attitudes to drinking.

“Far from changing attitudes minimum unit pricing would surely encourage young adult consumers to regard alcohol as a commodity rather than something to be enjoyed in moderation in a range of different social settings.”

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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 Police and Social Responsibility Bill

1 December 2010

 Responding to publication of the Government’s Police and Social Responsibility Bill, Jeremy Beadles, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said:

“We welcome the Government’s positive response to some of the concerns we’ve expressed during consultation about proposed changes to the licensing regime.

“We remain concerned about the implications of the proposed late night levy, not least the possibility that it may be seen by some local authorities as a way of simply raising revenue. It is vital that it is applied only to premises where there is clear evidence of a problem and does not impact responsible businesses which happen to be in the vicinity.

“We hope Government will encourage police and local authorities to adopt a common sense and partnership approach when using their substantial powers to tackle problem drinking and licensing issues.

“Community Alcohol Partnerships, built on a co-operative approach by local businesses and enforcement agencies, are delivering positive results.”


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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]

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