UK: Ministers propose mandatory code for alcohol retailers
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has said it will work with the government on its proposal to implement a mandatory code of practice for retailers selling alcohol.
A mandatory code for retailers, unveiled today (3 December), forms a central pillar of government plans to tackle excess drinking and alcohol-related harm.
Under the plans, revealed in Parliament as part of the government's legislative programme, police and local authorities would also gain extra powers to clamp down on "irresponsible" practices in pubs and bars.
Ministers' proposal for a mandatory retail code, although largely expected by the trade, represents a shift away from self-regulation for the UK alcohol industry.
Jeremy Beadles, head of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, said this afternoon that ministers have "pledged to consult" on the plans.
He added: "We will work with government to ensure that a retail code tackles the minority of irresponsible premises and doesn't just create new layers of bureaucracy and red-tape for the majority of responsible businesses, local authorities and our over-stretched police forces."
The British Beer and Pub Association has indicated that it would be willing to accept restrictions on promotions in the on-trade, as long as these were applied on a sector-wide basis.
However, it has repeatedly warned the government that the trade remains under severe economic pressure, with five pubs closing every day on average.
Concerns over health and drink-driving are fostering growth in the low- and non-alcohol beer categories. Spiros Malandrakis, drinks analyst at Euromonitor International, assesses the progress and pote...
The top ten stories published on just-drinks this week:...
The Portman Group has ruled in favour of a brewer following a complaint from a member of the public in the UK....
US wine and spirit distributor The Charmer Sunbelt Group (CSG) has partnered with CBS Radio to launch a drink awareness media campaign in the country....
Alcohol sales in the Republic of Ireland have plunged in the first quarter of this year, according to recently-released figures....
Anheuser-Busch InBev has teamed up with Nascar driver Richard Petty for a 'Budweiser responsibility' campaign aimed at reminding fans to use a designated driver when drinking....
Raising national tax on alcoholic drinks and sugar-sweetened soft drinks should be considered as a way of paying for healthcare reform in the US, an influential Senate Committee has said....
Scotch whisky distilleries will escape a crackdown on alcohol displays, devised by Scotland's Government as part of its strategy to tackle alcohol abuse....
- What do A-B InBev results mean for SABMiller deal?
- Interview - Beam Suntory's EMEA president
- Interview - William Grant & Sons
- Beckham, Diageo and the Allure of the VIP Pop-Up
- just The Preview - Brown-Forman Q3 & YTD
- Diageo, Beckham launch VIP pop-up for Haig Club
- Diageo completes Don Julio, Bushmills swap deal
- Pinnacle Vodka, Skinnygirl roll out on ice
- Pernod Ricard sends Martell Mumm PJ head to Asia
- Suntory whiskey seeks to "eclipse" Diageo, Pernod
- Global non-Scotch whiskies insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends research
- Wine, 2014 and the future
- Spirits and RTDs, 2014 and the future
- Beam Suntory Inc. - Strategy and SWOT Report
- Global RTD/RTS insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends research