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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Tax hikes could have ‘significant’ impact on spirits

The UK government must approach taxes on wine and spirits with “fairness” as any increase could have a “significant” effect on spirits, the MD for Campari Group UK has said. Speaking on a panel of industry experts during the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s (WSTA) 2019 Industry Summit last week, Brad Madigan, MD for Campari Group UK, said while he appreciates the need for the government to tax the industry, considerations must be made regarding…

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Saunders takes hot seat as WSTA chairman

Bibendum CEO Michael Saunders has been appointed chairman of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) following the departure of Dan Jago. Saunders first joined UK wine and spirits supplier Bibendum in 1982 and left the company in 2017. He then rejoined Bibendum as its CEO in 2018 following the group’s acquisition by C&C Group. Saunders is also chairman of drinks industry charity The Benevolent. In his new role with the WSTA, Saunders’ “main priority”…

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Calls for more British gin at diplomatic events overseas

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) and UK ambassadors are calling for more British gin to be served at diplomatic service receptions overseas. The WSTA has partnered with the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) to persuade dignitaries to only serve drinks made in the UK at this year’s annual reception for oversees diplomats. According to a survey quoted by the WSTA, the biggest issue for diplomats trying to serve British drinks at events is a…

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WSTA: Industry ‘vulnerable’ to no-deal Brexit

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) warns that the industry “remains vulnerable to a disastrous no-deal scenario” following the announcement that Theresa May will step down as UK prime minister. Last Friday (28 May), May said she would resign as Conservative leader on 7 June, with a replacement yet to be named. May has been the subject of criticism in her handling of Brexit – her Brexit deal was overwhelmingly rejected in the House…

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