Every hour, every day of the year, the sale of high value, locally-rooted European spirits abroad generates €1.1 million for the EU. Put another way, a staggering €9.6 billion per year flows into Europe because of sales of our iconic spirits around the world.
The 2015 annual trade report “Growth driver: trade, trade, trade” details the sector’s recent export track record and our input for the revised EU Trade Strategy.
32 tax increases in 19 countries over the last two years have had a very negative impact on consumers and distillers.
spiritsEUROPE highlights the difference in tax treatment between alcohol beverages, stressing that high taxes do not always generate the expected revenues and do not reduce alcohol-related harm. Excessive tax also acts as an incentive for black markets to flourish.
Good examples showing why all relevant stakeholders should work in partnership, not in silos.
The success of the European spirits sector is based on tradition, know-how and secret recipes handed down through generations of passionate people. For instance, do you know how pears get inside a
schnapps bottle? Take a trip across Europe and soak up the facts and anecdotes of the sector.
To be effective, an alcohol strategy should focus on the real issue, i.e. on harm which should be the target and not on consumption per se. All relevant stakeholders should work in partnership and not in
silos, as often the case and anything we do (from policy to actions) should be based on robust evidence.
spirits: a European power house for trade - June 2014
Data confirm European spirits as an export leader in Europe.
"We draw condidence from the resilience of the sector, and th opening of new markets around the world.
We talk it up".
Spirits Export Data 2012 (published February 2013)
First agri-food exporter with €10 bn in 2012, a 22% increase compared to 2011.