European Spirits Organisation

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The European Spirits Organisation (CEPS) is the Brussels based organisation that represents the European producers of alcoholic spirits. The organisation's members include 37 national associations which represent spirits producers in 29 countries. A group of large spirit producing companies are also members. The EU is the leading world exporter of spirits. The primary aim of the European Spirits Organisation is to: "raise and promote the understanding of the EU spirits industry to decision makers in the EU institutions, international organisations and other key stakeholders. Our role is to secure, promote and advance the freedom to produce and market spirits in a responsible way, to support the needs of our members and to be the leading voice of the European spirits industry". [1]

Other aims include:

  • Secure appropriate EU legislative conditions for the production, marketing, distribution and sale of spirits within the EU
  • Secure non-discriminatory treatment of spirits in comparison to other alcoholic beverages
  • Secure free and fair access for EU spirits in third country markets
  • Increase awareness of the EU spirits industry and its vital economic role
  • Promote responsible consumption




International Association

European Spirits Companies Liaison Group (ESG):Represented by Diageo Plc

Corporate Members of CERB

Allied Domecq Plc | Bacardi Ltd | Brown-Forman | Davide Campari Milano SpA | Diageo plc | LVMH Hennessy & Co | Groupe Pernod Ricard | Remy-Cointreau S.A. | V&S Vin & Sprit AB

National Trade Association Members

Austria, Fachverband der Nahrungs und Genussmittelindustrie Österreichs - (FNGO) | Belgium, Fédération Belge des Vins et Spiritueux asbl - (FBVS) | Bulgaria, Association of Producers, Importers and Traders of Spirit Drinks (APITSD)| Cyprus, Association of Wines & Spirits Producers Cyprus – (AWSPC)| Czech Republic, Union of the Czech Spirits Producers – (UCSP)| Denmark, Foreningen af Danske Spiritusfabrikanter c/o V&S Danmark A/S (VSD) | Estonia, Estonian Spirits Association |Finland, Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation - (FFDIF), Finnish Alcoholic Beverages Industries’ Association - (FABIA)| France, Bureau National Interprofessionnel de Cognac - (BNIC) , Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac - (BNIA) , Fédération Française des Spiritueux - (FFS) | Germany, Bundesverband der Deutschen Spirituosen-Industrie und -Importeure e.V. - (BSI), Bundesverband der Obstverschlussbrenner e.V. – (BVOB)| Greece, Fédération Hellénique des Eaux-de-vie et Spiritueux ,Federation of Greek Distillates and Spirits – (SEAOP)| Hungary, Magyar Szeszipari Szövetség és Terméktanáes- Hungarian Spirits Association - (HSA) |Ireland, Irish Spirits Association (ISA), Irish Whiskey Distillers Association - (IWDA)| Italy, Federazione Italiana Industriali Produttori Esportatori ed Importatori di Vini, Acquaviti, Liquori, Sciroppi, Aceti ed Affini - (FEDERVINI) | Latvia, Association of Latvian Spirits Producers and Distributors – (LADRIA) | Luxembourg, Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Producteurs de Vin et Spiritueux – (FLPVS)| Malta, The Malta Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise – TMCCE |Norway, The Norwegian Association of Spirit Producers – (NASP)- Observer members |Poland, Polish Spirits Industry – (PSI) | Portugal, Associação dos Comerciantes e Industriais de Bebidas Espirituosas e Vinhos - (ACIBEV) , Associação Nacional de Empresas de Bebidas Espirituosas – (ANEBE) |Romania, Employers’ Organisation of Alcohol and Alcoholic Beverages – (GARANT) |Russia, Russian Alcohol Beverages Exporters’ Association - (RABEA)- Observer members |Slovak Republic, Association of Manufacturers of Alcohol and Alcoholic Beverages in Slovakia – (AMAABS) |Slovenia, Non-Alcoholic and Alcoholic Beverages Association of Slovenia - (NAABAS) | Spain, Federación de Bodegas del Marco de Jerez - (FEDEJEREZ) , Federación Española de Bebidas Espirituosas - (FEBE)| Sweden, Sprit & Vinleverantörsföreningen - (SVL) | The Swedish Spirits & Wine Suppliers - (SSWS)| Switzerland, Fédération Suisse des Spiritueux - (FSS) - Observer members |The Netherlands, Commissie Gedistilleerd - (CG) |UK, European Spirits Companies Liaison Group (ESG) c/o Bacardi-Martini Ltd, The Gin and Vodka Association of Great Britain - (GVA), The Scotch Whisky Association - (SWA).

Affiliations & Membership


  1. The European Spirits Organisation, Mission & Objectives Last Accessed 1st July 2007
  2. Scotch Whisky Assocition, Gavin Hewitt takes up role as CEPS President 23rd November 23rd, Press Release, accessed 5th December 2011
  3. Europa Website Public Health Last Accessed 28th June 2007