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New Portman Group Code guidance will damage the market for specialty beers like Imperial Stouts, Porters and IPAs

Today, the Portman Group have published the sixth version of the Code of Practice on the Naming, Packaging and Promotion of Alcoholic Drinks. SIBA say that whilst much of the updated code is sensible and includes new measures to prevent alcohol packaging causing serious or widespread offence, protection for the vulnerable in society and preventing […]

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SIBA comments on DEFRA consultations on waste

Commenting on the consultations published today by DEFRA on tackling Britain’s waste, SIBA’s Head of Public Affairs and Communications James Calder said: “Britain’s small independent brewers want to see the amount of recycled and re-used material go up, litter go down and the costs of new cans and bottles to drop through increased use of […]

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Eight things brewers need to do to prepare for a no deal Brexit

Political instability has never been higher, and the prospect of a no-deal Brexit is looking increasingly likely. Parliament’s failure to vote through the deal, the EU’s unwillingness to re-open negotiations means the default option, which is written into law – is a no deal. If a deal is done in time, then a ‘transition period’ […]

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Open letter to brewers on SBR review from HMT Minister Robert Jenrick

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Robert Jenrick MP sets out his thoughts to brewers on the review of SBR There can be no doubt about the contributions of British beer makers to our communities and economy. In my own constituency of Newark, beermakers like Pheasantry Brewery are one of the 2,000-strong businesses across the country […]

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HMT launches SBR questionnaire to UK brewers

As part of the Treasury review into Small Breweries Relief, the Government has issued a questionnaire which will help them understand how SBR is working, and what reform might be required. Brewers can fill in this questionnaire by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sbreview  This questionnaire will run for 6 weeks, with a deadline of 17 March. Why it’s so important […]

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SIBA comments on new NHS ‘Long Term Plan’

Commenting on the announcement of new ‘alcohol care teams’ within the NHS, Mike Benner, Chief Executive said: “We know the vast majority of people in the UK drink sensibly at home and in the pub. Sadly, it’s a fact that a small percentage of people in the UK abuse alcohol and consume dangerous amounts of […]

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SIBA comments on the Government’s new Resources and Waste Strategy

Commenting on the Resources and Waste Strategy for England, published today, Head of Public Affairs and Communications for SIBA James Calder said; “This waste and resources strategy is perhaps the most ambitious, and most forward looking document to come from Government in this area in years. Independent brewers want to see the amount of recycled […]

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Low alcohol descriptors consultation a ‘missed opportunity’

Commenting on the outcome of the Low alcohol descriptors consultation, Head of Public Affairs and Communications at SIBA, James Calder said; “Keeping the low alcohol descriptors as they are is a huge missed opportunity. Given low alcohol beer producers are leading innovation in the category (and producing some really, really nice beers at 0.5%ABV and […]

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SIBA comments on new Scottish Alcohol Strategy

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s new alcohol strategy, ‘Alcohol Framework 2018: Preventing Harm – next steps on changing our relationship with alcohol’ Stuart Cail, Chairman of the Scotland Region at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), said: “All independent brewers in Scotland want to work with the Scottish Government to ensure the continued reduction of harmful consumption […]

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