The laws, which have been widely condemned by retailers and trade bodies, will be attached as conditions to new-style personal and premises licences coming into force on Sept 1 2009 as part of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.
Retailers will have to display alcohol – including chillers – in one designated area, and will only be able to change that area through a licence review.
The laws will usher in an end to cross-promotion of food and alcohol in Scotland. Retailers will not be able to display alcohol in food areas, or sell food within the BWS area. The only non-alcohol products permitted to be sold in the BWS area will be non-alcohol drinks or gift packs which include alcohol.
There will be no restrictions on the types of product displayed in an area inacceesible to the public - for example, behind the counter.
In a briefing note, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association – which lobbied against the changes – said there was no effective evidence base for the move and it was disappointed by the decision.