WSTA draws up Brexit checklist

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has created an End of Transition Checklist for all UK-based wine and spirits companies as the 31 December Brexit deadline looms. Available to both WSTA members and non-members, the checklist offers advice to spirits firms as the UK exits the Custom’s Union and single market on 1 January. Topics covered include trade agreements, import certification and labelling requirements. Furthermore, the document provides links to official UK government guidance,…

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WSTA creates distillery map for ‘staycationers’

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has created an interactive map to help those looking to holiday in Britain discover some of the nation’s best distilleries. The interactive map has been designed to help ‘staycationers’ find vineyards and distilleries offering tours, tastings and places to eat and stay on site, with more than 50 locations listed across the country. Users can click on a spirit bottle for more information about distilleries and websites outlining…

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Miles Beale on the challenges the drinks industry faces

As CEO of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, Miles Beale has much to lobby about on behalf of the organisation’s members. With the fallout from Covid-19, tariffs and Brexit to contend with, he tells The Spirit Business about the current state of affairs. First Brexit, then trade wars and most recently Covid‐19 – the past few years have presented the perfect storm of challenges for the UK drinks industry. At times like this, the…

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UK should be ‘bastion of free trade’ post-Brexit

The UK should be a “bastion of free trade” and “looking to remove tariffs as far as possible”, the chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has encouraged. Single malt Scotch, single malt Irish whiskey and liqueurs made in the UK have been subject to a 25% import tariff from the US since October last year. The US introduced the tariffs on these alcoholic beverages, along with many other EU-made goods, in…

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WSTA: reopening date for bars ‘huge relief’

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) said confirmation that the on-trade in England can reopen next week was a “huge relief” but warned many venues will still need government support. Yesterday (23 June), UK prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed bars, pubs and restaurants in England can reopen, both indoors and outdoors, from 4 July. This will coincide with a relaxation of the two-metre rule to one-metre-plus – although two metres will still be the…

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