Tagged: Alcohol Industry Lobbyism

NEWS: South Africa: Turf War Between Beer Giants

Heineken is gearing up to increase their share and loosen AB InBev’s grip of the South African Beer market in the ongoing turf war. AB InBev currently dominates the South African Beer market accounting for 88% of South Africa’s beer volumes and 86% of beer value. To compete with AB InBev, Heineken is gearing up. Recently Heineken invested in its Sedibeng brewery near Johannesburg…

NEWS: New Zealand: 10 Year Government Alcohol Policy Failure

It is 10 years since the NZ Law Commission reviewed the alcohol laws in New Zealand. Yet the recommendations from the review have been ignored by successive governments over the decade.This 10 year government alcohol policy failure has led to drastic effects for New Zealand. Over the past 10 years, alcohol resulted in, 8000 premature deaths…

NEWS: Week #32 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and more Big Alcohol revelations.
For week 32, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Special Feature #1: Alcohol taxation for universal health coverage: the case of the Philippines…
Special Feature #2: Members news from Sri Lanka where ADIC was launched a groundbreaking training course for young journalists…
Alcohol policy updates come from Sydney, the Baltics, the United States and the growing “sober curious” movement…
Fresh science updates are about alcohol and diabetes, recovery from opioids, as well as alcohol and the global oral health crisis…
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes alcohol industry interference in Australia and AB InBev’s dirty business in Delhi, India…

NEWS: Australia Exposed: Big Alcohol Calls Shots on Health Policy

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) released the analysis “Alcohol industry fingerprints: Analysis of modifications to the National Alcohol Strategy (NAS)” which confirms the NAS has been undermined after consultation with the alcohol industry. The analysis comes after a recent ABC investigation revealed the NAS, which was presented to the States and Territories for approval early this year, includes significant pro-alcohol modifications…

NEWS: Week #31 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and more Big Alcohol revelations.
Special Feature:
Members news from Ghana where GhanAPA was launched with the support of the IOGT movement.
For week 31, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from New Delhi, India, Hungary, Ukraine and Scotland.
Fresh science updates are about the digital world, labelling awareness among youth and alcohol policy in Ontario, Canada.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes the tobacco and alcohol giants invested in Big Marijuana, Heineken in Kenya, and political interference in Australia and The Gambia…

NEWS: Baltics: The Beer Tax War

The alcohol tax war has led Latvia to cut alcohol taxes following Estonia’s move in slashing 25% of the alcohol tax. However, in the border town Valka-Valga the reduced taxes have had no impact on business. According to the alcohol industry itself, the Estonian tax cuts did not have any negative impact on the Latvian alcohol sales even before Latvia also reduced their taxes…

NEWS: Australia: Big Alcohol Undermines Health Policy-Making

An ABC investigation found pro-alcohol modifications to a ‘consultation draft’ of the National Alcohol Strategy suggest the policy making process has been infiltrated by Big Alcohol. The ABC report also questions Health Minister Greg Hunt’s decision to yield to pressure and involve the alcohol industry in finalising the strategy…

NEWS: Gambia: Alcohol Lobby Achieves Tax Reduction

The Gambian parliament has decided to increase alcohol taxation to 75% for 2019. But at an extraordinary session on July 29, 2019, the Gambian National Assembly decided to reduce the country’s alcohol tax, reversing course on alcohol taxation, after heavy lobbying from Big Alcohol. The move comes as many countries are increasing alcohol taxation to tackle alcohol as obstacle to development and raise additional domestic resources…

NEWS: EU: Finland Continues Corporate Sponsorship of Presidency

The new rotating president of the EU Council, Finland, is not planning to discontinue corporate sponsorships to cover part of the costs of the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.
Finland has made clear it has no intentions to even discuss with other member states the issue of EU Presidency countries accepting corporate sponsorships…

NEWS: 10 Areas For Government Action On Alcohol

The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights ten areas governments could work with to prevent and reduce alcohol harm. These 10 areas have been adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2010, as countries agreed the WHO Global Alcohol Strategy.
Each year 3 million lives are lost due to alcohol. The WHO global alcohol strategy seeks to improve the health and social outcomes for individuals, families and communities. It is envisaged that the global strategy will promote and support local, regional and global actions to considerably reduce morbidity and mortality due to alcohol harm and the adverse social and economic consequences of alcohol.
The global strategy focuses on ten key areas of policy options and interventions at the national level…