Urgent support needed for nightclub industry

The #SaveNightclubs campaign has written to the UK prime minister asking for a financial package to prevent a ‘devastating tsunami of job losses’. Nightclubs in the UK have now been closed for eight months due to the pandemic with no confirmed reopening date, while bars and pubs have been allowed to reopen since the first lockdown. The #SaveNightclubs campaign is a nationwide coalition that represents more than 100 nightclubs and thousands of staff. The nightclub…

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Tariffs cause 41% fall in American whiskey exports

Eighteen trade groups have written a joint letter calling for the urgent removal of tariffs on spirits, which have led to a 41% drop in exports of American whiskey to the EU. According to new research released by the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus), American whiskey exports to the EU – the US spirits industry’s largest export market – dropped from US$757 million to US$449m between August 2019 and July 2020. In October…

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Drinks groups unite to call for urgent end to US tariffs

Fifteen alcohol trade groups have sent a letter to the US administration and EU Commission calling for an urgent end to 25% tariffs on EU goods, including single malt Scotch, which could result in the loss of 8,000 jobs. On 2 October, the US government revealed its intentions to impose a 25% import tariff on EU goods, including single malt Scotch whisky, single malt whiskey from Northern Ireland, liqueurs and cordials from Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland…

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