Tagged: Big Alcohol

NEWS: AB InBev: New Chairman Hails From Big Tobacco

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev elects former CEO of Altria as its new chairman.Shareholders of Anheuser-Busch InBev elected the former top executive at tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. as its new board chairman. Martin J. Barrington was appointed by the annual meeting of the world’s biggest beer producer.
This selection is a clear message: AB InBev’s urgent need to unleash growth and create value for shareholders now combine more than ever both personally and institutionally with Big Tobacco’s playbook to systematically undermine, obstruct and oppose public health policy making and cast doubt about the scientific evidence concerning health harmful products and business practices…

MEMBER NEWS: Scandinavia: IOGT Movements Interview Author of Heineken in Africa

IOGT International members in Sweden and Norway have organized outstanding public events to discuss the findings and stories of the book “Heineken in Africa”, written by investigative journalist Oliver van Beemen.”Heineken in Africa” exposes with compelling evidence and stories the unethical practices of the Dutch beer giant Heineken. Heineken boasts that its presence on the African continent boosts development. After six years of research, journalist Olivier van Beemen provides a detailed investigations. The truth he uncovered is not a love story: Heineken is exploiting people, communities and countries in Africa…

REPORT: Public Health Surveillance Studies of Alcohol Industry Market and Political Strategies

Political strategies are driven largely by business interests, whether at the company, sectoral, or industry level, and corporate social responsibility activities may be integrated within overall strategies. There is a high degree of collaboration in political strategy development between companies, facilitated by growing concentration among global producers operating in increasingly oligopolistic markets…

REPORT: Conflict-of-Interest Policies in Addiction Science

Focusing on three letters sent to the editor on conflict-of-interest (COI) policies in addiction research several important questions are answered. These are: who needs to declare a COI, what needs to be declared, how do financial-support acknowledgements differ from COIs and who needs to know.
The fields of alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and drug research have been found to be especially vulnerable to influences from financial COIs…

NEWS: Canada: Addiction Industries Team Up

Major alcohol and cannabis industry players are teaming up to water down proposed rules governing cannabis-infused beverages before edibles become legal in Canada in the coming months. To that end, Big Alcohol and Big Marijuana have formed a cannabis-alcohol industry alliance lobby group…

NEWS: Australia: Whistleblower Alleges CSIRO Pro-Alcohol Research

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) – Australia’s national science agency – is accused of using public money to subsidize the alcohol industry which has ‘devastating effects on global health’, according to allegations made by Dr. Saul Newman, a former CSIRO research fellow.
Dr. Newman wrote in an opinion piece for The Lancet, that field trials and breeding programs delivered new varieties of hops, vines, cider apples and malting barleys on a national scale in government labs with public money. However, Newman says considering the costs of alcohol-related harm, there was little benefit to this type of research.

NEWS: USA: Big Alcohol Lobbies against Road Safety

The California House of Representatives is considering a bill to reduce the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level for impaired driving from .08 to .05. Assembly Bill 1713, or Liam’s Law, was introduced by Assemblywoman Autumn Burke in order to improve road safety legislation in the state of California. However, the Big Alcohol front group American Beverage Institute (ABI) is actively lobbying against lowering the BAC level…

NEWS: Belgium: Alcohol Advertising Self-Regulation Continues

Belgium: Alcohol Advertising Self-Regulation Continues Federal public health minister Maggie De Block has announced new alcohol advertising self-regulations agreed with the alcohol industry. De Block has announced an agreement between the Belgian government and the federation of Belgian brewers, the lobby group Vinum et Spiritus and the Advertising Industry Council. Win for Big Alcohol Commencing… Read more »

NEWS: Kenya: Big Alcohol Against Alcohol Tax Increase

East African Breweries Limited (EABL) is vocal in its resistance against the proposal for increasing alcohol taxation by the Kenyan government. The EABL is a subsidiary of the multinational alcohol giant Diageo, the second largest liquor maker worldwide…