Blog: Olly WehringFighting the tide of legislation in the UK?

Olly Wehring | 22 July 2008

Answer me this, would you? How inevitable, really, is it that the level of legislation affecting alcoholic drinks producers operating in the UK is set to rise?

Feel free to let me know your thoughts – anonymously, if you prefer. I've spoken to countless execs within the UK drinks industry and, on the record, naturally, not one of them has conceded that it is just a matter of time before the authorities come down harder on them over here.

Today's announcement, however, that the Department of Health in the UK has launched a fresh consultation on drinking culture, suggests that it's more when than if.

I had quite an interesting chat last week with the head of alcohol policy at SABMiller, Kristin Kaplan Wolfe (heads-up: an interview coming up later this month on just-drinks), and she, like everyone else, still maintained that the drinks industry had a case to fight, and was well-placed to resist the heavy rod of legislation.

Do you agree? I'm struggling to. We, as an industry in the UK, have let go of the reins, despite our best intentions. The press may verge on hysteria with their coverage of our binge-drinking culture, but surely there's no smoke without fire?

I hope you'll convince me I – and the UK government, I'll wager – are both wrong.


BLOG

Coca-Cola's selfie bottle might be a step too far

Whenever we read anything about Millennial consumers, there is almost always mention of the personalisation trend as well as the importance of social media....

BLOG

Anheuser-Busch InBev execs have a dream - a US$350m-sized one

Ever wondered what fuels Anheuser-Busch InBev's acquisitional drive? Is it naked ambition? Faith? The good of mankind?...

BLOG

Anheuser-Busch InBev's Bud Light ad pull shows not all campaigns can win

Anheuser-Busch InBev is reportedly calling a halt to its Seth Rogan and Amy Schumer Bud Light campaign in the US....

BLOG

SABMiller's last word

Today is SABMiller's final day. Some time this evening, Brussel's time, the second-biggest brewer in the world will be subsumed into the biggest, creating a beer behemoth of unprecedented proportions....

just-drinks homepage



Forgot your password?