The UK Government is looking to persuade drinks companies to include calorie information on products

The UK Government is looking to persuade drinks companies to include calorie information on products

UK Government and drinks industry talks over plans to include calorie information on alcoholic products are on-going, but a timetable over the measure has yet to emerge. 

In a statement to just-drinks today (4 February), a Department of Health (DoH) spokesperson said that it will “continue to discuss how to give consumers more information on alcoholic drinks, including calorie labelling”. The measure is a possible option under the government's responsibility deal, which is a voluntary agreement with the drinks industry. 

The DoH spokesperson refused to give a timetable for the possible inclusion of calorie information on beers, wines and spirits. However, the statement added: "We're continuing to work with industry to take forward the plans we set out in the alcohol strategy on labelling of alcoholic drinks.” 

The strategy, released last March, said companies would "seek to make progress" by "extending the responsibility deal agreement on labels to include calorie content".

In a written statement to the House of Commons late last month, health minister Anna Soubury confirmed that the DoH has “discussed the possible inclusion of calorie content on labels with representatives of the alcohol industry on a number of occasions".

The DoH says that, by the end of 2013, 80% of drinks will have “clear” unit labelling and health messages.