WSTA Launches Low and No Alcohol Labelling Guidance

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (UK) has produced new guidance around the labeling of low and no alcohol drinks, as a record number of Brits explore low and no products.

This guidance has been produced in partnership with the WTSA’s Primary Authority Trading Standards Partners, and at the behest of both retailers and producers.

With the popularity of the low and no alcohol category at an all-time high, and January traditionally seeing efforts by consumers to cut out or cut down on booze to start the year, drinks producers are developing new and innovative techniques to provide consumers with more choice and greater quality.

The latest data from the WSTA Market Report shows that overall alcohol sales are down compared to the same 12-month period last year. Wine and beer sales have dipped and overall, spirit sales are flat. Wine, the nation’s most popular drink, has seen a 5% decline in sales despite the boost in online deliveries.

Many new products on the market are produced to closely resemble their alcoholic counterparts – they are closer than ever before – in taste, aroma and appearance – to the spirits and spirit drinks they are providing an alternative to.

The WSTA’s new guidance aims to establish acceptable legal names, marketing text and general labeling requirements for low and no alcohol drinks.

It also looks to boost confidence for consumers in the category, helping them make informed purchasing decisions through clear, accurate, and consistent labeling – which had been retailers’ over-riding concern and motivation for asking the WSTA to offer advice that can be applicable UK market-wide.

The new guidance applies to low and no alcohol drinks that are packaged and marketed as a substitute or alternative to spirit drinks and is designed to complement existing – and any future – Low Alcohol Descriptors Guidance produced by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association said:

“There has been a huge amount of innovation and product development across the low and no alcohol category in recent years. Confusion – for producers and for consumers – led to a request of the WSTA to pull together comprehensive advice. Along with our Primary Authority partners, we have produced this new guide to help both producers and consumers.

We know that overall alcohol sales fell during 2020. Many Brits want to start 2021 by reducing the amount of alcohol they drink, or cutting it out completely, which is why I am delighted to have been able to publish this guidance so early in the year.

Many of our members are making it easier than ever for us to choose a lower-alcohol, or no alcohol alternative, without compromising on taste or quality. Our new guidance will help producers label and market their products with greater confidence, and will help promote clear, accurate and consistent labeling across the category, boosting consumer confidence.”

Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, at Salford City Council said supporting businesses to comply with the law and promoting best practice is central to the council’s primary authority advisory work with the WSTA.

“Low and no alcohol drinks are a fast-growing market.  It is important that products are legally compliant and that they have clear and understandable labeling so that customers can make the right choices. Our staff were delighted to work with their colleagues in Wales to help the WSTA publish this pioneering guide,” he said.

Jonny Peacock, Strategy and Transformation Director for Pernod Ricard UK, said:

“The non-alcoholic spirits category is already growing fast, and with 30 percent of all consumers seeking to moderate, there’s no reason to doubt projections of continued growth of ~25% over the coming years. This move is welcome as it ensures clarity and certainty for producers and consumers as they increasingly engage in the category.”

Rob Curteis, Group Marketing Director, Quintessential Brands, adds:

“With many consumers today looking to create a better balance in their lives and their diets, there’s more interest in products that help them to moderate – be it low & no alcohol, or low & no sugar. They’re also wanting to enjoy good quality when they do indulge in a bit of what they fancy though – it’s not enough to simply remove the alcohol and not consider the impact on the taste, shoppers today are more discerning and expect more from these ‘alternatives.’

“With this being new territory for many producers, retailers and consumers, we welcome the WSTA’s proactive approach in giving guidance to the industry on this burgeoning category to help the consumer understand and navigate it, and also to protect the integrity of the spirits category.”

Holiday Cocktails: The rise of TikTok Mixologists

An increasing number of mixologists are taking to TikTok to share videos on how to make popular cocktails, add new ones, and entertain while bars remain shut down.

In finding another way to channel their craft, TikTok mixologists are teaching people how to make holiday cocktails, in the safety of their own home!

Some of these videos should come with a “safety warning”, as glasses of alcohol are lit on fire and bottles are tossed into the air by “flair bartenders” showing off their skills.

This new form of drinks mixing is becoming more of a performance than a service, as no drink arrives at your table by the end of the video.

With Christmas on the way and Covid cases on the rise, who wouldn’t want a how-to video on making your own Peppermint Martini in a glass rimmed with crushed candy canes?

Here are some of my favorite TikTok Mixologists:

@theparadise.bartender

Hawaii–based Ashley Hupp, known as @theparadise.bartender, has 2.7 million TikTok followers, She shares popular Tropical Cocktails.

@elitebartendingfl

Kevin Gibbons of the Elite Bartending School in Orlando knows his stuff. His videos are quick and informative showing you how to make lots of mouth-watering concoctions. 306k followers

@sincitybartender

This is Vegas at its best – you are instantly greeted with hundreds of brightly coloured cocktails. Click onto any of them and you’ll be given clear instructions on how to make colourful concoctions. No classics here, just contemporary drinks that you can make at home. 795.5 followers

@spritzandspice

Armeta Sidhu’s cocktail account is packed full of delicious step-by-step recipes. With 88.4k subscribers, Armeta shows you how to make a number of classic drinks.

This is a great resource for those just starting on their cocktail mixing journey.  Tik Tok videos are short, concise and easy to follow and give you the confidence to try new things, or just want to perfect the classics, these accounts should help you mix up some holiday magic!

 

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Colorado’s “Beckenridge Brewery” will be delivering beer by Reindeer this holiday season to 10 lucky winners

Breweries from pole to pole are finding new ways to be creative this year –Colorado’s Beckenridge Brewery has decided to take things one step further to provide a few lucky locals the opportunity to receive their beer by reindeer.

Taking home delivery to the next level this holiday season, the Anheuser-Busch owned brewery is giving 10 Colorado residents the opportunity to receive a mini keg of Christmas Ale right to their front door pulled by Santa’s special helpers. Teaming up with the nearby Moon Deer Ranch, the two soon-to-be iconic companies decided that reindeer could have a huge impact on people’s morale, so what better time than now to put them to work?

The contest, which can be entered by visiting their website: https://www.breckbrew.com/ReinderDeliverySweepstakes

And runs until December 2 with deliveries to the winners in the Denver and Cascade areas taking place on December 5 and December 6, respectively.

In addition to your “reinbeer” delivery—which is at no charge, btw—winners will receive a Christmas Ale t-shirt, Christmas beanie, and a 12-pack of Christmas Ale. You will also receive the bragging rights that come along with having a reindeer pull up to your front door. What better way to end 2020!!