Not a member? - Register and login now.
All registered users can read our entire magazine archive.

Minimum pricing

News and announcements from the Whisky Magazine team

Minimum pricing

Postby Rob Allanson » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:53 pm

The Scotch Whisky Association has hit out at temperance plans unveiled by the Scottish government as probably illegal.
Ministers unveiled new plans which will set a minimum price for drinks, based on the number of units they contain, and a ban on promotions such as buy-one-get-one-free offers.
If the plans are approved, this will mean that Scotland will become the first country in Europe to fix a minimum price on drinks.
The SWA believes the moves are likely to be illegal under EU and international law.
They warned it may backfire by encouraging other countries to bring in "discriminatory" restrictions on Scotch whisky, damaging a £3bn-a-year export trade.
Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the SWA said that Scotch whisky would be hit at home also.
He added: "In a challenging market, an additional 90p a bottle on
today's typical price will do nothing to support the communities that rely on the industry.
"We agree that attitudes to alcohol in Scotland need to change, but minimum pricing is not the answer. By proposing to introduce this
measure through secondary legislation, the Scottish government is preventing the full debate on the consequences of minimum pricing which such a damaging proposal deserves. "
In England, Westminster has put the brakes on anti-drinking proposals out of fear that the already struggling pub industry will be hit even harder during the recession.
But the Scottish Nationalist Party, which made the proposals, has vowed to push ahead with its temperance measures.
Rob Allanson
Editor
 
Posts: 445
Joined: Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:30 pm
Location: Norfolk, UK

Re: Minimum pricing

Postby scotchdrinker » Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:23 pm

I read this and I am not sure exactly how to feel about this. It is a very risque direction for Scotland to go. it is very highly this little plan of theirs could blow up in their face. It could work but I doubt it.
User avatar
scotchdrinker
Silver Member
 
Posts: 467
Joined: Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:24 pm
Location: New Jersey

Re: Minimum pricing

Postby CWEarl » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:28 am

I know exactly how I feel about this. It is not the place of any government to force anyone to set a minimum price for anything.
CWEarl
'Silent Still' Member
 
Posts: 0
Joined: Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:21 am

Return to Whisky News

Whisky gift and present finder