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Verhoging verbruiksbelasting van alcoholvrije dranken

De verbruiksbelasting van alcoholvrije dranken wordt verhoogd. De tarieven voor vruchtensap, groentesap en mineraalwater (thans € 5,70 per 100 liter) en voor limonade (thans € 7,59 per 100 liter) worden vervangen door één tarief van € 8,83 per 100 liter. Ook wordt het laagste tarief van de bieraccijns met dit tarief gelijkgesteld.

A good Rum read!

Johnny Drejer tested some 73 ultra premium rums and only found 12 without sugar (no surprise they mostly came from Barbados, Jamaica, Guadeloupe and Martinique). More disturbingly 53 (87%) of the 61 rums with sugar had more than 10g/l a limit rarely exceeded in Cognac. 48 (79%) of the 61 were at or higher than the legal limit for Cognac. Most of these rums carried ‘double digit’ age claims and several claimed over 20 years of aging. In direct contrast to Cognac, the more premium, the more sugar seems to be the trend.

To add pure and sustainable rum of quality to your portfolio, reach out to L’vine Wine & Spirits.

European Parliament Resolution calls for new EU Alcohol Strategy

29 April, Brussels – Today, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a Resolution calling on the European Commission to present a new EU Alcohol Strategy to tackle health harm for 2016-2022.

The European Parliament Resolution calls for a new Strategy, emphasising the importance of better labeling of alcoholic drinks including ingredients and nutritional information with special focus on calories, and the need to raise awareness across the EU of the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and drink driving.

For more information, please visit the Eurocare website.

The Gin & Tonic Guide

With so much on the market it’s good to have a guide. See if this helps you find the good balance.


The case, which has been running since 2003, was based on whether rights to use the brands were properly acquired by Russian billionaire businessman Yuri Shefler in 1997 after the breakup of the Soviet Union.

“The ruling is only for the Benelux market and so the decision affects a very small part of our overall global marketplace”, it said. “SPI Group still owns the Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya trademarks in over 190 countries across the world, but not in Russia. The Stolichnaya sold within Russia is a different vodka, owned by an unrelated state-controlled entity called FKP.

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The UK drinks industry has welcomed a 2% cut to spirits duty announced in today’s 2015 Budget, following a campaign led by trade organisations.

The announcement follows the Drop the Duty campaign lead by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) and the Tax Payers’ Alliance.

The trade bodies argued that the UK’s “draconian” excise system means duty and VAT accounted for 80% of the price of a bottle of whisky.


An entirely new category of spirit has quietly emerged over the last few years on the shelves of finer liquor stores and releases from dozens of distilleries appear every season. It is a category so new that the government doesn’t know what to call it, and unfortunately will not let the producers call it what it truly is – barrel-aged gin.

It started with a simple question: What did gin taste like more than 100 years ago?

Rapid Rise of Rum

According to UK Cellar Trends: “Rum sales are climbing fast in both on and off trades and this ascent will gather pace in 2014. Some supermarkets are reporting sales increases of between 20% and 30%. Bars are showing increased rum sales of 10% and more.

“The accent is on premium rums, especially those with distinct provenance. The popularity of cocktails such as the Mojito – the UK’s favourite cocktail according to leading spirits distributor Cellar Trends – shows no sign of waning in 2014, further helping to drive rum’s momentum.”

Source: The Spirit Business

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