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Alcohol and Innovative Packaging


The alcohol industry has hugely creative people working in all areas, not least packaging design. It’s become increasingly important to make sure products stand out on the shelf, and the pac... Read more

Cactus Jack's Schnapps Complaint Not Upheld


A complaint about the packaging of two flavours of Cactus Jack’s Schnapps for not being clearly labelled as alcohol and appealing to under 18s has not been upheld by the Independent Complain... Read more

Portman Group Confirms New CEO Appointment


The UK alcohol industry’s social responsibility body have appointed John Timothy as Chief Executive. Read more

Old English Gin Complaint Not Upheld


A complaint about the packaging of Old English Gin promoting excessive drinking has not been upheld by the Independent Complaints Panel (Panel). A copy of the full decision can be read here... Read more

Two New Members Appointed To Independent Alcohol Complaints Panel


Two new members have been appointed to the Independent Complaints Panel – the independent lay panel that considers complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing under the Portman Group’s ... Read more

Labelling & Consumer Information – Update for Producers


Further to our previous update, the Department of Health has published a new guidance document highlighting the elements of the UK Chief Medical Officers’ revised alcohol guidelines it sugge... Read more

Portman Group statement on latest ONS alcohol-related death figures


“It is welcome news that the alcohol-related death rate has fallen since last year, and is down by 10% since 2008. This positive trend mirrors the significant declines in harmful drinking, b... Read more

Portman Group Statement on NHS Digital Health Survey for England 2015


“It is welcome that underage drinking continues to decline and is now at its lowest recorded level. This indicates that the combination of robust ID schemes, life skills education and progra... Read more

Portman Group Responds to Public Health England’s Alcohol Review


This lengthy report does not contain any new policy ideas, nor does it fully reflect the significant declines in harmful drinking in the last decade. It is deeply concerning that Public Heal... Read more

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