UK distillery numbers hit record high in 2020

The number of distilleries in the UK reached a record high in 2020, with more than 100 new registrations, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. New HMRC figures cited by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) found that the number of UK distilleries increased by 124 in 2020, up 28% compared with 2019. The increase marked the first time the number of distilleries has risen by more than 100. The total number…

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Brexit: UK distillers must ’embrace a brave new world’

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is encouraging its members to “embrace a brave new world of trading” as the UK leaves the European Union (EU) today (31 January). The UK will leave the EU at 11pm tonight, but as part of the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, it will enter into a transition period until the end of 2020. During this time, the UK will no longer be a member state but will…

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WSTA names five new board members

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has appointed five new members to its board, including executives from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Berry Bros & Rudd, LVMH and Encirc. The executives include: Elizabeth Newman, directors for beers, wines and spirits at Sainsbury’s; Jason Godley, director of beers, wines and spirits at Tesco; and Lizzy Rudd, executive chairman at Berry Bros & Rudd. Newman said: “It’s an incredibly interesting time to be joining the WSTA. The industry is…

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