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EU-Japan FTA set to improve wine exports The European Union and Japan have concluded a trade agreement, which will improve wine exports for EU growth.
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Heineken offers to sell pubs to push through Punch Taverns takeover Heineken has offered to sell some of its pubs after the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) raised concerns about its acquisition of Punch Taverns.
Markets & Regulations > Regulatory & Safety > News UK Wine and Spirit Trade Association says no deal in Brexit talks totally unacceptable The UK’s Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) has urged the new government to strike a full negotiated divorce settlement with the European Union (EU).
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UK's sugar tax will raise less revenue than expected
UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond said that a sugar tax on soft drinks will raise less money than anticipated as companies have started working on reducing the quantity of sugar they use in their drinks.
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Niche Drinks secures approval to build Irish whiskey distillery
Niche Drinks has secured approval from Derry City & Strabane District Council to construct a distillery in Derry, Northern Ireland, for its Irish whiskey brand The Quiet Man.
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Finland's top court upholds EUR70m fine on Valio for lowering milk prices
Finland's Supreme Administrative Court has upheld a decision to impose a fine of €70m on dairy giant Valio for abusing its dominant market position in the domestic milk market.
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Scotch Whisky Association allowed to appeal minimum alcohol pricing proposals to UK top court
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has been given permission to take its appeal against minimum pricing for alcohol in Scotland to the UK Supreme Court.
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Kombucha Brewers signs deal with New York State regulators on Kombucha production
Kombucha Brewers International (KBI) and New York State regulators have reached an agreement on Kombucha production.
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UK's WSTA highlights drinks tax burden on consumers
The UK's Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is urging the government not to increase duty on wine and spirits next year, saying that consumers are already experiencing heavy burden of tax.
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Eastside Distilling secures import approval for China
Portland's Eastside Distilling has secured approval from the Chinese government to export its brands to China.
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SodaStream rejects IBWA's gag order
SodaStream has rejected a cease and desist letter from the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) that demands the company take down its new video campaign, which targets bottled water from an environmental perspective.
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UK MPs come together to support call for cut to wine duty
Members of Parliament in the UK from different parties have urged the government to provide a level playing field for wine and cut excise duty.
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NHS England proposes to cut sales of sugary drinks in hospitals
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens is urging patients and the public to give their opinion in a 10-week consultation on plans to reduce the amount of sugary drinks being sold in hospitals.
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