UK: Tesco agrees ban on strong beers to gain licence
Tesco wants to open a new store in Clydebank
Tesco has agreed to not sell beer and cider stronger than 5.5% abv in order to secure an alcohol licence from a Scottish council.
The agreement, with West Dunbartonshire council, means the proposed Clydebank store will also not stock "caffeinated alcoholic drinks", the council told just-drinks today (14 June). Beer, lager and cider in packaging smaller than 44cl must be sold in packs of four or more, the company has also agreed.
A West Dunbartonshire spokesperson said the regulations were “not imposed” on Tesco. “Tesco offered it up as a concession as part of their licence application,” the spokesperson said, adding: “We are not aware of these concessions being offered or put in place before.”
Tesco did not reply to a request for a comment.
According to the Herald newspaper, West Dunbartonshire council is leading moves in Scotland to restrict the number of alcohol licences in circulation. It said “only a small handful of alcohol licences” have been granted in recent years, including for a microbrewery. The newspaper also said more than one in 20 of the area's 90,000 residents are “alcohol-dependent”.
A Scottish Government attempt to impose a minimum price of GBP0.50 (US$0.80) per unit on alcohol is being challenged by a group including the Scotch Whisky Association, SpiritsEurope and the Comite Europeen Des Enterprises, Vins.
Companies: Scotch Whisky Association
The results of a consultation document regarding veryfing the geographical origin and production and aging processes for Scotch whisky will be published in the coming weeks. But, asks, Ian Buxton, is ...
- SABMiller's troubles fuel M&A rumours
- Diageo's future brighter than present suggests
- Diageo's Q1 Results by Region
- Focus - Remy Cointreau's H1 Performance by Brand
- Three Questions for the Drinks Industry
- Moët Hennessy unveils first Travel Retail outlet
- Diageo puts Beckham centre stage in Haig Club ad
- Moet Hennessy sales falter in YTD
- Diageo Q1 sales dip "in line with expectations"
- Diageo to appeal Parrot Bay UK TV ad ban