The spirit drinks sector encompasses gin, whisky, rum, liqueurs, tequila, vodka and a massive range of others. Wherever they are made in the world, if they are sold in Europe they have to comply with EU rules. There are European laws on labelling, production standards, excise tax, ‘geographical indications’, bottle sizes, allergens, additives and flavouring, to name just a few. In some cases, national legislation also applies.
Law-making in the EU involves the European Commission, European Parliament and the 28 EU Member States: the procedures can be daunting, whether in relation to primary or implementing legislation. Interpreting the rules is equally challenging and requires an awareness of context and structure.
With over 25 years’ experience of EU and national legislation in the spirit drinks sector, Soper Consulting can provide bespoke guidance and training on how the rules affect your brands, whether your labels comply, what to do when laws are being updated and how to fix things that go wrong.