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A Ban on Below Cost Sales of Alcohol Must be Workable and Credible

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) has voiced concern that plans for a minimum price for alcohol outlined by Minister’s at Westminster, if introduced in Scotland, would barely affect the supermarket promotions that have attracted so much criticism.

Ministers have defined the cost of alcoholic drinks simply as tax, with no account for the cost of producing, distributing or selling the product. 

John Drummond, Chief Executive of SGF said,

“SGF has consistently called for a UK wide approach to alcohol pricing. However, the plans announced at Westminster will not stop aggressive supermarket discounting.

“The cost of alcohol is more than duty + VAT and should also include a realistic estimate of production, marketing and distribution.

“Local shops want to see a ban on selling alcohol below cost. However, it must be workable and credible. We will continue to work closely with the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) on this issue and lobby Scottish politicians to find a workable solution.”