The BBPA says it remains open to the idea of calorie counts on packaging

The BBPA says it remains open to the idea of calorie counts on packaging

UK brewers are “open-minded” about including calorie information on brands, according to a trade group, after a fresh call from health lobbyists.

The Royal Society of Public Health said today that all alcoholic drinks in the UK should carry a calorie count, to help cut obesity. It claims the vast majority of drinkers are unaware how many calories are in beer, wines and spirits, based on a survey of 2,000 people. 

Jane Ellison, the UK's public health minister, reportedly said that the government will look at the issue.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) suggested it was not against the idea. “As far as beer is concerned we are open minded about calorie labelling in the future, and we are discussing how we would do this, with our members,” said CEO Brigid Simmonds. 

She added: “But it is important to stress that if you drink beer sensibly and in moderation, beer is actually low in calories, and lower than for many other drinks.”

The European Commission is currently considering whether to make it mandatory for drinks producers to include unit and calorie information on labels, with a decision due by the end of the year, according to reports