Blog: Wake-up call
Chris Brook-Carter | 2 December 2003
The alcoholic drinks industry has long cried foul whenever any of its opponents have tried to liken it to the tobacco sector. However, it appears not everyone has been listening and the similarities between how the opponents of the two industries have approached their work is growing.
As the debate about whether legislation should be introduced to curb the advertising freedoms of the UK and US drinks industries continues, news in Germany that the government may introduce extra taxation on RTDs, to discourage under age drinking, has cast a shadow over that sector (albeit a small one given the size of the market).
A far darker cloud is threatening to rain on the perceived recovery of the US drinks market, with news last week that a handful of the country’s leading players are facing a lawsuit accused of deliberately targeting under age drinkers with advertising.
Some of the wrongdoings levelled at the companies are indeed preposterous – one company stands accused of using a young-looking model in its ads. Although I have heard she was in fact 30 when the ads were shot.
That said, the industry cannot afford to take these developments lightly. A number of independent analysts and even a fair few supporters of the drinks world have been warning for some time that while the letter of various marketing codes around the world is adhered to, the spirit of those codes is often pushed to the very limits.
Before the sentiment against them gains further momentum, drinks companies should take this as a wake-up call and do all they can to secure themselves firmly on the moral high ground.
Some people in India believe alcohol should be more difficult to purchase. Last month, the state of Bihar halted all alcohol sales as its chief minister made good on an election promise. ...
Greetings from Zurich. Here as a guest of Heineken's Amstel brand, I'm due to sit down later today with the group's senior global director for international brands, Walter Drenth....
Drinks companies spend a lot of money on trying to predict trends. At last night's Worshipful Company of Distillers City debate, any strategists in the audience got a bit of forecasting for free....
I'll admit to being partial to an Aperol Spritz now and again, more usually in the summer months, sitting outside, shades on, slowly turning more golden/rusty....
- Industry is following the pack to patriotic party
- The category today - Scotch Whisky I
- Today's Market Trends - Scotch Whisky II
- Key Brands Performance - Scotch Whisky IV
- Tomorrow's Market Trends - Scotch Whisky III
- Brown-Forman shuffles director pack
- Diageo unveils first European Johnnie Walker House
- Spirits can fill music industry gap - Jagermeister
- Wm Grant redesigns Glenfiddich 21yo Gran Reserva
- Diageo's Smirnoff Red, White & Berry - NPD
- Global RTD insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global Scotch whisky insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Soft Drinks Global Overview: Growth Opportunities Between Category Lines
- Adultifying Soft Drinks; Capitalizing on rising adult demand for non-alcoholic beverages
- Consumer and Market Insights: Wine Market in China