Tagged: Big Alcohol

NEWS: Coca Cola Joins Big Alcohol

First Japan, now the UK, U.S. sugary beverage giant Coca-Cola has joined Big Alcohol with the launch of a premium mixer range. This new product is designed to mix cola with dark spirits and comes in four flavors. It will launch in the UK in June 2019 boosted by an aggressive marketing campaign. The product called “Coca-Cola Signature Mixers” will be available both in the on-trade, off-trade and grocery stores.
Coca Cola’s expansion into the alcohol market with premium mixer comes as more and more alcohol users are increasingly preferring expensive mixers. In a global first for the company, three alcoholic lemon beverages were launched in Japan in May 2018. Coca Cola attempted to exploit new markets and consumers with thes lemon flavoured alcopops.

NEWS: France: Alcohol Industry Attacks Public Health Experts

Public health experts in France have called out the alcohol industry for lobbying the French government and diminishing alcohol control policy at the cost of public health. The alcohol industry lobby front group Vin & Société attacked public health experts for this claim stating “denigration” of the wine sector and its “cultural importance” to France…

REPORT: Reasons for Concern: PHE’s Partnerships with Gambling and Alcohol Industry-Funded Charities

Disease prevention cannot solely be the role of the health system, but instead requires engagement from all of government with a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach. Public Health England (PHE) has “operational autonomy” from government, so that it can provide “…government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support”. In health and healthcare, the need to address conflicts of interest is well documented, and while many challenges remain, structures have evolved in an attempt to manage them. The fact that PHE has decided to partner with industry-funded bodies suggests that if indeed such processes exist, they aren’t transparent, and they aren’t effective…

REPORT: Alcohol Advertising in Sports Fueling the Alcohol Norm

The researchers believe as sports fans are repeatedly exposed to alcohol advertising and sponsorship when watching sport, this likely has a long-term effect on their alcohol use. Researchers call for better understanding of such long-term effects and addressing them to curb the alcohol harm. Specially in the view of the vast number of children exposed to alcohol marketing through sports programmes…

NEWS: ANPAA, France: Exposing Big Alcohol Lobbying

Association Nationale de Prevention en Alcoologie et Adictiologie (ANPAA) recently released a report on the alcohol industry lobbying practices in France. The ANPAA, a long-time partner of IOGT International, reports at the heart of these industry lobbying initiatives is a strategy to position itself as an “actor of prevention” to the public authorities so that they can disseminate their own prevention messages, focusing solely on individual responsibility of consumers. The impact of the environment on consumption (advertising, accessibility, price) is deliberately ignored, as is any proposal for binding measures…

NEWS: USA: CBD Not a Legal Ingredient for Alcohol

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) state, cannabidiol (CBD), a product derived from hemp, is not a permitted ingredient in alcohol beverages. With legalization of cannabis, various products with CBD have entered the market. The public and stakeholders sought the FDA and TTB for guidance on the matter. Issuing an industry circular the TTB stated they will look to FDA to determine whether hemp ingredients such as CBD may be included in food or alcohol. The FDA in turn reiterated that CBD is not a permitted ingredient in food or dietary supplements under federal law…

NEWS: Australia: Big Alcohol Pumps Big Bucks into Politics

Alcohol and other addiction industries are pumping more and more money into Australian politics. The liquor, hotels and gaming lobby made its highest level of donations in seven years in 2017-18. They have pumped more than $1 million into political parties. They don’t discriminate who they fund either, as they’ve given money to Liberal, Labor and even far-right parties.
Alcohol control policy activists have renewed their calls to ban these industries from making federal donations, as it is warping policy and thwarting tax and advertising reforms…

NEWS: New York, USA: Plans to Reduce BAC Limit

A bill has been proposed in the state assembly and senate to reduce the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit from the curren 0.8% to 0.5%. Big Alcohol front group American Beverage Institute (ABI) has issued a statement against the bill. ABI has been lobbying against the adoption of a similar bill in California as well…

NEWS: Costa Rica: Alcohol and Mega-Fiestas Put Youth in Danger

Authorities are warning about the “mega-fiestas” which are a gateway to consumption of alcohol and drugs and other risky behaviors by young people.