Resources in the drinks industry – Trade bodies and Associations

The drinks industry is such a diverse and dynamic industry that it is no surprise that there is a very broad and rich mix of resources to be found within it. When we say resources, we can categorise them into the following areas;


  • Trade bodies and Associations
  • Media and publishers
  • Training and education
  • Charities and Trusts
  • Employment and careers


Now I’m sure you will have your favourites, but I have come across so many over the years, that I thought I would share some of these with you. Those seasoned in the industry probably may them all, but for those new to the industry or certain sectors, you might discover new ones. Today, we shall focus on Trade bodies and Associations for the UK.

Please not that these are not ranked in any way and it is not for me to rate them, but merely to spread awareness of those resources, which I do feel play a key role in the drinks industry.


Trade bodies and Associations


WSTA – Wine Spirits Trade Association –

The WSTA represents over 340 companies producing, importing, exporting, transporting and selling wines and spirits in the United Kingdom. Members range from major retailers, brand owners and wholesalers to fine wine and spirit specialists, logistics and bottling companies. The WSTA campaigns for a vibrant and sustainable wine and spirit industry, helping to build a future in which alcohol is produced, sold and enjoyed responsibly.  Some excellent benefits to members including valuable networking opportunities and the latest market research.


British Beer and Pub Association –

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. Its members account for some 90% of beer brewed in Britain today, and around half of the nation’s pubs and include international brewers, market-leading managed pub companies, the nation’s largest tenanted pub companies and historic family brewers. The Association exists to promote and protect one of the nation’s most iconic and important industries. Not only is it a significant contributor to the economy, but also a vital cultural icon unique to Britain. An in-depth, user friendly site packed full of news, insights, projects and more! Lots to be gained from here.


The National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) –

Founded in 1920, the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) is the governing body of the cider and perry industry in the UK. It represents both the larger producers and many hundreds of smaller scale Cider Markers. The NACM is a member of the Association of the Cider and Fruit Wine Industries of the European Union (AICV: and as such is able to represent the interests of Cider Makers with the European Union. Lots of interesting facts and information on Cider.


The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) –

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) represents UK producers of soft drinks, including carbonated drinks, still and dilutable drinks, fruit juices and bottled waters. Membership includes the majority of Britain’s soft drinks manufacturers as well as franchisors, importers and suppliers to the UK soft drinks industry. Their principle activity is to represent the interests of the soft drinks industry both at UK and European level, ensuring that the industry’s perspective is always considered and the impact of regulations is fully understood. BSDA provides a common industry view on the legal, technical and social issues concerning soft drinks to the media and political audiences. The The British Soft Drinks Industry Foundation (BSDIF) provides funding for apprentices working within BSDA member companies that produce soft drinks.


The Food and Drinks Federation (FDF) –

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. They account for 16% of the total manufacturing sector by turnover and employ around 400,000 people in the UK across 6,620 businesses. The FDF helps its members operate in an appropriately regulated marketplace to maximise their competitiveness. The FDF communicates industry values and concerns to Government, regulators, consumers and the media. Not purely drinks, but manufacturing in drinks industry is represented here.


The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) –

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) is the unrivalled network of entrepreneurial retailers and industry suppliers that champions the smaller independent companies that own and operate pubs, bars and restaurants in UK. The ALMR campaigns on behalf of its retailer members, encouraging government to recognise and act on the economic, social and charitable value it brings to communities up and down the country. On-trade focused body.


The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) –

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) was established in 1980 to represent the interests of the growing number of independent breweries in Britain. SIBA was instrumental in campaigning for Progressive Beer Duty (PBD), which came into place in 2002. SIBA currently represents more than 825 independent craft breweries and our vision is ‘to deliver the future of British beer and become the voice of British brewing.’ Not as large as some of the other bodies on here but has a growing membership base and is a worthy cause.


The British Coffee Association (BCA) –

The British Coffee Association (BCA) is the representative organisation for the coffee industry in the UK. They promote and safeguard members’ interests in all matters relating to the growth, preparation, shipment, warehousing, transport, insurance, manufacturing, distribution and consumption of coffee. The BCA was established in March 2001, when it was decided to merge the two existing industry associations – the British Soluble Coffee Manufacturers’ Association (BSCMA) and the Roast and Ground Coffee Association (RGCA). Great facts on coffee!


The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) –

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) represents the Scotch Whisky industry and it’s role is to advance the global interests and profile of Scotch Whisky, their members and the industry as a whole.

By building strong relationships with all levels of government and opinion-formers and by making a visible impact on public debate they will:

  • Be a trusted voice in the debate on alcohol and society
  • Support a competitive, sustainable and fairly taxed industry
  • Safeguard the Scotch Whisky category
  • Ensure fair access to all markets worldwide.

SWA see the Scotch whisky industry as a significant Scottish and British economic and cultural asset that boosts growth and jobs, that strongly supports the communities with which they work, and that combines the very best of the traditional and the modern. The SWA can trace its origins back to October 1912. Excellent resource, including industry research, insight and reports. 


The United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) –

The United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) is the organisation to which grape growers and winemakers belong in order to share information, have a voice in Westminster and Brussels and to develop and promote the English and Welsh wine industry. The UKVA is the only organisation recognised by the government and the wider community as representing English and Welsh wine. Some great resources here.


English Wine Producers (EWP) –

English Wine Producers (EWP) is the marketing arm of the UK wine industry. Its work and role in marketing and promoting English wines and vineyards complements the legislative, technical and official work the UKVA (above) undertakes for English wines. EWP’s members represent over three-quarters of England’s total wine production, so are a major force within the its wine industry. EWP is now also supported by the UKVA, which enables more generic work to be developed, and with whom EWP work closely.

This is by a no means a complete list, but hopefully you have found some of these helpful and informative! We shall continue to share others resources in the future. Thanks for reading.

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