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

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.

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

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy customers across the UK enjoyed their first pints and non-homemade cocktails at the start of July as its hospitality sector reopened after months of lockdown. But normal service has hardly resumed.

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