- Published on Thursday, 14 November 2013 13:34
- Published on Thursday, 07 November 2013 13:57
The Scottish Grocers’ Federation have called on the Scottish Government to reflect on the findings of a new KPMG study from Australia which shows the illicit tobacco market has risen since plain packaging came into force.
KPMG’s Illicit Tobacco in Australia is the first extensive evaluation of the Australian illegal tobacco market following the introduction of plain packs in December 2012. Australia’s illicit tobacco market has now increased to 13.3% of total tobacco consumption and is now at its highest ever level, with more than $1bn a year lost in excise revenue.
This report follows a study from Roy Morgan Research which revealed an increased awareness of the illicit tobacco trade from Australian retailers, in addition to increased transaction times, customer frustration, staff costs and product handling errors faced in many smaller stores.
SGF Chief Executive, John Drummond commented:
“This robust study from KPMG is incredibly timely following the publication of recent figures from HMRC’s Tobacco Tax Gaps showing increases in the illicit trade in Scotland and the UK.
The initial evidence from Australia clearly shows that criminal elements have been the main beneficiaries of plain packaging to the detriment of the Australian Government, taxpayers and small retailers.
The figures on the increased Australian illicit trade highlighted by KPMG are alarming and should not go unnoticed. Unlike the many predictions that have been made, this provides real data that the black market has grown while tobacco consumption has failed to drop.
I would therefore urge the Scottish Government to carefully reflect on KPMG’s findings ahead of their planned consultation. It would not be wise to press ahead with a policy which will exacerbate the already prevalent illicit trade in Scotland.”
- Published on Monday, 30 September 2013 14:41
SGF is backing the Scottish Government's new Eat in Season campaign.
Scotland’s farmers and growers produce a huge variety of top quality foods throughout the year and it’s important to eat them at the right time to enjoy them at their absolute tastiest and best. That’s why people across the country are being encouraged to make the most of the abundant larder on our doorstep by eating in season foods. Bursting with flavour and goodness, local, in season foods have a high nutritional content and are easily accessible, which can even make them a cheaper option. By choosing local, in season food, we can help reduce our food supply chain and make Scotland a cleaner and greener place.
Cooking and eating in season food is simple to do at home, visit the Greener Scotland website by clicking on the logo below, for hundreds of quick and easy recipes using in season foods from across Scotland.
- Published on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:26
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- Published on Thursday, 15 August 2013 16:38
Age Restricted Products – Amendments to Proof of Age Documents
As retailers will know many EU nationals living in or visiting Scotland will not carry a passport – the national identity cards of member states are sufficient to allow EU citizens to gain entry to the UK. Additionally they may not have a valid driving licence. This can cause problems at point of sale when EU nationals attempt to purchase age-restricted products.
On behalf of our members SGF has been working directly with the Scottish Government to address this issue. The Scottish Government has now agreed to amend the proof of age requirements to extend the list of documents which provide a defence to retailers when selling age restricted products. The necessary legislation has been approved by the Scottish Parliament and from 1st October 2013 the following documents will be acceptable for proof of age verification:
· Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card);
· Biometric UK Residents Permit; and,
· National identity cards issued by EU member states plus those of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
The Scottish Government has provided the following advice for retailers:
- We acknowledge that for some retailers this will result in an increased burden in respect of training and printing point of sale literature. Nevertheless, it is important to note that unlike the policy of “challenge 25” which is a mandatory condition of a licence, the prescribed forms of ID merely provide a defence to a person charged with selling alcohol to an under 18.
- Licensees are still free to refuse a sale under any circumstances and are under no obligation to make a sale on production of an ID on the prescribed list.
- It is therefore open to retailers to take whatever approach to the new ID’s that they deem appropriate and proportionate.
- Whilst all staff that sell alcohol will need to be aware of the rules around proof of age, businesses that see high levels of tourists and visitors may want to invest in training all their staff to a high level of knowledge regarding the changes. Others may deem that a more peripheral knowledge is adequate, perhaps ensuring that a list and examples of the new IDs is held on the premises and that can be referred to as required.
Examples of authentic national identity cards for all member states and Switzerland can be found on the Council of Europe website
Examples of UK Defence Identity Cards can be accessed here.
and an example of a Biometric UK Residents Permit can be accessed here.
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