Scotland is first to enforce minimum alcohol price | RetailDetail

Scotland is first to enforce minimum alcohol price

Scotland is first to enforce minimum alcohol price
Shutterstock

Scotland is the first in the world to finally enforce a minimum price for alcohol. The law as approved in 2012, but whisky distillers managed to block the legislation up until now.

Health first

The minimum will probably be 0.5 pounds (56 cents) per 10 milliliters of alcohol. This means a bottle of wine will cost at least 5.3 euro and a beer of 0.5 liters will cost at least 1 euro. Strong cider (21 cent per unit) and vodka (42 cents per unit) are currently still priced below that threshold in supermarkets, but will have to increase their prices immediately. Not much will change in the hospitality industry, because those prices are often already higher than the minimum price.

 

Scottish parliament already approved the price in 2012, but whisky distillers felt this was contrary to European legislation and current trade agreements. Backed by the entire European drinks industry, it went to court, but the British Supreme Court has now placed the population’s health above their protests and approved the minimum price. According to an alcohol specialist, the minimum price will lower annual alcohol-related deaths by 120 and hospitals will see a decrease of 2,000 hospitalizations every year.

 

Quick succession

Other countries may quickly follow Scotland’s example, because Wales and Ireland are contemplating similar legislation. The pressure in England is also growing to do something similar. That would be good news for Scottish entrepreneurs, because retailers in the border areas fear plenty of customers will head to England to buy their alcohol.

 

It is no coincidence that the United  Kingdom is the first to enforce a minimum price. Alcohol abuse is much higher here than in the rest of Europe and it has been trying to lower alcohol usage for quite some time. Scottish alcohol abuse is even worse when compared to the rest of the United Kingdom. Some interest groups believe the poorer section of the population will be hit by the new legislation, but research also shows that in the country’s most deprived areas, five times as many people die of alcohol-related problems.

Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact the editors


Gerelateerde items

"Shopping centres of the future will be hyperconnected microcities"

20/06/2018

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of its London shopping centre, Westfield has released its strategy 'Destination 2028', containing delivery drones, smart toilets, sensory gardens and silent rooms for contemplation.

Colruyt Group beats expectations

19/06/2018

A solid holiday season allowed Belgian Colruyt Group to raise its market share and even keep its profit margins at the same level - contrary to expectations. The company also posted another online growth, meaning online is now worth 370 million euro.

Makro Belgium "in intensive care", new business plan should remedy

18/06/2018

A more professional product range and a return to bigger packages: that is how Makro Belgium wants to return to better ways. Its CEO Vincent Nolf admits the chain is currently "in intensive care", but hopes to see improvement already next year.

Online supermarket Wink.be throws in the towel

18/06/2018

The Belgian Louis Delhaize Group has decided to terminate its online supermarket Wink.be. The company was started in 2013, but never even came near reaching the break-even point.

Alter’Native Food: A place apart at the upcoming SIAL Paris !

14/06/2018

(Advertorial) From 21st to 25th of October, Paris will be the world's food capital. 7,200 French and international exhibitors will be presenting their innovations among 21 exhibitions sectors.

Jumbo starts Belgian daughter company

13/06/2018

Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo has made another important step towards its expansion in Belgium: it has founded the company "bvba Jumbo Belgium".