Diageo is still looking to talk to the Turkish authorities over the new laws

Diageo is still looking to talk to the Turkish authorities over the new laws

Diageo has said it wants to work with the Turkish authorities to ensure the country's new alcohol laws are "workable" and "effective". 

The restrictions include a ban on alcohol advertising, stopping drinks companies sponsoring events, restricting where drinks are sold and consumed in the country, and forcing producers to include health warnings on packaging. Turkey's President Gul signed the alcohol bill into law "a few weeks ago", after it was passed by Parliament last month.

However, just-drinks understands the restrictions are not yet in force in Turkey and it could be "some time" before they are enacted. 

In a statement to just-drinks today (25 June), Galip Yorgancioglu, Diageo Turkey's MD said: "While we remain disappointed at the lack of industry engagement earlier on in the legislative process, we now look forward to more extensive consultation with the relevant Turkish authorities to ensure that each component of this proposed law is both workable and effective."

Diageo acquired domestic spirits producer Mey Icki for US$2.1bn in August, 2011.