Portuguese wine producers “on the verge of bankruptcy”

Portugal’s association of wine traders, Anceve, has called on the government for economic support as it warns rising costs have left many small- and medium-sized producers “on the verge of bankruptcy”.

Shochu now sold under beer and wine license in New York

Shochu can now be sold under its own category name in the state of New York, US, after amendments to the Beverage Control Act allowing Japanese Shochu (24% ABV or under) to be sold under a beer and wine license.

Scotch Whisky Association announces new chief executive

The former British ambassador to Argentina will succeed Karen Betts as the chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association.

WSTA calls for immediate end to US whiskey tariff

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has called for the UK government to swiftly remove tariffs on US whiskies.

Irish whiskey trade group names new chairman

Tullamore DEW brand ambassador John Quinn has been named the new chairman of trade group Drinks Ireland | Irish Whiskey Association.

Thailand urged to end alcohol sales ban

Thailand’s beer, wine and spirits industry has implored the government to lift a ban on alcohol sales during the national state of emergency.

APTRA rolls out responsible training at Singapore Changi

The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association has embarked on a new Responsible Retail Training Programme (RRTP) for DFS staff in stores at Singapore Changi airport.

Craft bucks US beer trend with 12% H1 growth

US craft beer grew by double digits during H1 of 2012 despite the malaise of the US beer market, says the Brewers Association.

TFWA to hold conference in China

The Tax Free World Association (TFWA) has announced that it is to hold a conference in China in March 2013 in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA).

Scotch exports hit record high

The scotch whisky category belied global economic instability in 2011 by growing sales value 23% to a record £4.2billion.

Scotch Whisky Association launches job report

The Scotch Whisky Association has launched a report, which outlines the number of jobs supported by the scotch whisky industry. 

Businesses urged to make Responsibility Deal pledges

The UK government has urged the drinks industry to back its Responsibility Deal aimed at countering binge drinking and alcoholism.

France: Absinthe ban lifted

The absinthe ban in France has been lifted, according to absinthe brand La Fée.

Estonian crowned Best Baltic Sommelier

An Estonian has been named Best Baltic Sommelier after winning the Vana Tallinn Grand Prix 2010.

Scottish Labour says no to minimum pricing

Scottish Labour’s Alcohol Commission has rejected the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) proposal for minimum pricing.