UK: Tesco agrees ban on strong beers to gain licence

By | 14 June 2013

Tesco wants to open a new store in Clydebank

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.

Sectors: Beer & cider, Corporate social responsibility (CSR), Spirits

Companies: Scotch Whisky Association

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