Drinks retailers breaking codes of practice, report
Published:  27 May, 2008

The Portman Group has urged caution over reports that a new survey has found drinks retailers flouting codes of practice on responsible drinking.

“Widespread abuse” of voluntary codes of practice intended to curb excess drinking has been uncovered in an audit completed by consultant group KPMG for the Home Office, the Times reported on Friday.

But a spokesperson for the Portman Group, the industry body that polices a code of practice on drinks marketing, called the report “pure speculation”, adding the results have not been released.

The audit is one of several government-commissioned probes into drinks industry practices, including price promotions and labelling, currently underway.

OLN understands that some in the industry are expecting bad news from the KPMG audit, which is the first to be completed.

Others believe the government is looking for too many voluntary agreements from the industry to restrict marketing and sales. “At what point do you say stop?” one industry source said.

The government surveys are set to lay the foundations for a comprehensive alcohol strategy for England, which will aim to cut alcohol abuse. A consultation on the strategy is expected to be launched late autumn.




Site Search

COMMENT

Rosé tinted glasses

I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

Click for more »
Upcoming events

Polls

Is blended Scotch overshadowed by single malt in retailers?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't know

Facebook

Twitter