Tagged: Alcohol Industry Lobbyism

NEWS: EU: Big Alcohol Wants Special Interest Group in Parliament

Big Alcohol wants to establish a special interest group in the EU Parliament.
The lobby front group representing Big Alcohol at the EU level “Spirits Europe” has said they strongly support the re-establishment of the Parliamentary Intergroup on Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs…

NEWS: Week #48 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

The week 48 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains alcohol policy updates about alcohol policy in the Visegrad 4, Norway’s new development strategy, a new WHO report on alcohol’s harm to others, alcohol smuggling between Germany and Sweden, new OECD data about levels of health spending, and Switzerland where binge alcohol use is a rising problem.
Fresh science updates are about: Predictions on alcohol use from age of initiation, and about life expectancy and disease burden in the Nordic countries.
The Big Alcohol monitor exposes: President Macron standing with Big Alcohol, blocking Dry January; and how Big Alcohol ads expenditure fuels underage alcohol use, as well as Uber fueling heavy alcohol consumption.
In the upcoming events alert we highlight: GAPC 2020, and summerLEAHP 2020…

NEWS: France: Macron Stands with Big Alcohol, Blocks Dry January

President of France Emmanuel Macron stands with Big Alcohol and blocks the proposed Dry January in France. Wine lobby groups started attacking the proposed Dry January campaign even before the formal proposal was submitted. It looks like their letter to the President on the matter worked as President Macron has said “you can let it be known that there will be no Janvier Sec (Dry January)…”

NEWS: Week #47 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

The Week #47 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains alcohol policy updates about Finland and alcohol harm in workplaces, South Korea and new alcohol marketing regulation, Wales and the scheduled introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing, Ireland and new alcohol advertising bans, and latest initiatives to research health promotion taxation. Fresh science updates are about: New data on alcohol use and harm in OECD countries, a compelling analysis of the costs of alcohol in Sweden, analysis of the burden of “deaths of despair” in the United States, as well as an exploration of the impact of parental alcohol use on children. The Big Alcohol monitor exposes: Diageo’s strategy for market domination in India, why Big Alcohol opposes road safety measures in India, why a major Dutch bank has completely divested from the alcohol industry, and that Big Alcohol belongs to the top plastic polluters in the world. On our Global Voices Blog Portal, Kalle writes about new EU rules and what they mean for alcohol retail monopolies in Scandinavia. And in Upcoming events we alert you about GAPC 2020, and summerLEAHP 2020…

NEWS: India: Diageo Strategy for Market Dominance Exposed

In India, Diageo is employing a strategy for market dominance as exposed by a Wall Street Journal article. India currently has state implemented alcohol policies which either ban or tax alcohol heavily through local governments. This is bad news for Diageo and other Big Alcohol companies betting on India to boost their sales and make up for the decline of alcohol use in the west. Therefore, Diageo pursues an aggressive strategy of political interference combined with strategic partnerships and other tactics…

NEWS: Why Big Alcohol Opposes Road Safety in India

India’s Supreme Court ruled to ban the sale of liquor in proximity to major roads to reduce the number of deaths caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol – a massive problem across India. But major global alcohol companies oppose(d) the road safety measure…

NEWS: Netherlands: ASN Bank Completely Divests from Big Alcohol

Dutch Bank ASN and ASN investment funds no longer invest money from customers in companies that produce alcoholic beverages. The shares and loans from ASN are now alcohol-free. ASN’s divestment from the alcohol industry is complete and comprises the beer, wine and liquor industries. In anticipation of its plans to divest from Big Alcohol, ASN Investment Funds recently sold its investments in French beverage producer Pernod Ricard. ASN also decided to divest from retail stores selling alcohol, at least if the alcohol turnover exceeds 10% of the total turnover…

NEWS: ASEAN: Health Ministers Commit to NCDs Prevention

The statement released after the meeting renewed the commitments to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the goal of “Together Towards A Healthy ASEAN” of the 13th meeting and the goals of the ASEAN Post-2015 Health  Development Agenda. The ministers also committed to take action on NCD prevention and to cooperate among states among other commitments…

NEWS: USA: Walmart Makes Alcohol Even More Available

In USA, Walmart makes alcohol even more available through new online purchasing option. In attempt to battle with Amazon which recently made grocery delivery free, Walmart has placed alcohol for online purchase to be picked up from the store. Over 2000 of its stores in 29 states are offering this service…

NEWS: France: Flavored Wine Tax Approved by the Senate

French MPs have approved creation of a higher tax for wines with extra flavouring. These include widely available Rosé Pamplemousse or White Pêche wines. Accordingly these wines can be taxed at the higher level of €3 per decilter of alcohol, which will add around €1.50 to the cost of a 75cl bottle…