Hospitality trade body calls on government to ban cheap supermarket booze

08 January 2008 by
Hospitality trade body calls on government to ban cheap supermarket booze

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has urged the Government to impose a ban on below cost selling of alcohol by supermarkets.

Hot on the heals of a Christmas meeting with the Licensing Minister Gerry Sutcliffe and the Home Office Alcohol Team the ALMR is also calling for a reduction in licensing hours for supermarkets.

The group is campaigning as well for the reintroduction of controls on the locations of alcohol displays.

It also wants explicit reference to off-trade promotions in industry-wide guidance on alcohol sales.

Bish added that the number of 24-hour off-licences had doubled since the Licensing Act (2003) was introduced in 2005, with the majority in supermarkets.

According to the ALMR retail sales of alcohol through the off-trade are up 50% since 1997 and are 24% cheaper in real terms.

"If the Government is serious about alcohol consumption then it must do more to encourage all industry sectors to adopt a more responsible approach to alcohol retailing," Bish said.

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By Christopher Walton

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