Topic: Alcohol Industry

NEWS: Heineken: Cultural Appropriation To Sell Beer

Heineken has apologized for appropriating the “Roxbury Love” mural from a Boston neighborhood in a series of beer ads which began appearing in Roxbury and Dorchester liquor stores already in 2016. “The offense is so egregious to remove the iconic picture of what is known as a global hero and figure. Remove that. And we’re going to put in a bottle of Heineken?”

NEWS: Indiana, US: How Big Alcohol Lobbies Locally

The State of Indiana is planning to revise the state’s alcohol code. To that end a new panel, the Alcohol Code Revision Commission, has been created to make recommendations about how to change Indiana’s retail rules on alcohol sales. The alcohol industry is spending money to sway commission members, even though this type of influencing is formally banned…

NEWS: Thailand: Excise Tax Overhaul Affects Alcohol

The new excise tax will mark a substantial change in how Thailand computes taxes for products such as vehicles, alcohol, cigarettes, non-alcoholic drinks, batteries, crystal glass and air conditioners. The system replaces the existing ex-factory prices and cost, insurance and freight (CIF) values with suggested retail prices. The Excise Department hopes that the new basis will create a fairer system for manufacturers and importers after the revelation that some businesses were exploiting ex-factory and CIF values to understate their tax bills…

NEWS: Sri Lanka: Alcohol Tax Hike Unfolds Effects

An alcohol taxation increase, introduced by the government two years ago to curb alcohol-related harm, is showing its effects, as – for example – beer producers report shrinking profits.
Sri Lanka’s Lion Brewery Plc, reported a 315 million rupee profit in the June 2017 quarter helped by 600 million rupee insurance receipt while revenues fell and gross profits shrank after alcohol tax hikes in Sri Lanka are unfolding their effects…

NEWS: East Africa: Industry Battles Over Liquor Market

Alcohol producers in East Africa are battling for control of the liquor market — currently the most lucrative — in the face of an onslaught from imports, counterfeits and other influences. Alcohol industry executives say an increase in taxes, competition, drought, economic growth that does not trickle down, political instability, regulatory headwinds and millennials-led dynamics are altering the alcohol industry in favour of spirits and low-end beer brands…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Industry Lobbying Tactics Exposed

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s submission to the Northern Territory Alcohol Review has exposed how the alcohol industry undermined and attacked scientific evidence in an attempt to mislead the inquiry. 
Public health experts say alcohol industry submissions to the review “conspire to undermine science by merchandising doubt in a manner straight out the tobacco industry’s playbook”…

BLOG: Spinning The Truth: Diageo CEO Lies On TV

Diageo is not an ordinary company. This is not an ordinary CEO. Spinning the truth until it becomes a lie is not normal, even if it is standard in the alcohol industry. Diageo’s products are not ordinary commodities but harmful for individuals, families, communities and societies at large. Apparently Diageo is intent on evading responsibility, rather burdening society with paying the costs for the harms its products and marketing cause, instead of acting responsibly and ethically…

BLOG: Alcohol Industry Goes Bonkers Over Canadian Road Safety Plans

Lowering the BAC limit is a smart policy move. Science and public health activists would say so. And many politicians, like Canada’s Minister of Justice. The alcohol industry, however, has a different view…