Tagged: Big Alcohol

NEWS: EU: Liquor Industry Lets Down Consumers (Again)

Europe’s liquor industry declared plans to list the number of calories and ingredients in their products. But the latest move is not nearly enough and has received heavy criticism from public health experts.
Alcoholic beverages have been exempt from EU labeling rules that are in force for all food and non-alcoholic drinks. Instead of regulating the alcohol industry and requiring effective labelling, the European Commission decided to rely on self-regulation allowing the alcohol industry to come up with their own plan to regulate itself.
The European consumers organization BEUC has said that, with Europe facing an obesity crisis, calorie content labeling for alcohol was a necessity.
In March 2018, the sector came up with an initiative to provide more information about energy content and ingredients but critics said at the time that if much of the information was available only online, it was not realistic to expect all consumers to have access to it…

NEWS: Bhutan: Easy Alcohol Availability Major Issue

According to a new report, easily accessible, cheap industrial alcohol is a major challenge for alcohol control in Bhutan. Currently, there is 1 alcohol outlet for every 177 Bhutanese in the country. The number of illegal outlets are also increasing. Bans exist for locally brewed alcohol and are strictly enforced, but the harm continues as industrial alcohol is available for cheap in many retail stores…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Targets Millennials With “Wellness” Products, Youth-Specific Marketing

Millennials spend less money on alcohol than previous generations, according to an alaysis of the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey.
Millennials are showing trends of reducing or altogether stopping alcohol use. This is specifically true of beer. The trend is in line with millennials switching to a more healthy lifestyle overall. But the alcohol industry is gearing up to capitalize even on this trend – with “new” products and more youth-focused alcohol marketing…

NEWS: USA: College Athletics Makes Alcohol More Available

Southeastern Conference (SEC) league presidents have decided to remove a decades-old ban on alcohol sales at athletic events.
The SEC is an American college athletic conference whose member institutions are located primarily in the Southern part of the United States. The SEC has had an alcohol ban in effect at least since 1978…

REPORT: Social Media Marketing Leads to More Alcohol Consumption

Australian youths exposed to frequent alcohol marketing on social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter consume 13% to 40% more alcohol compared to their peers not exposed to such messages. The study showed that increased engagement with alcohol-related content on social networking sites increased consumption of alcohol between 2.6 to 4.5 standard alcohol units…

NEWS: NFL Opens Floodgates For Big Alcohol

The National Football League (NFL) has opened a floodgate for Big Alcohol to use NFL players for alcohol marketing and promotions. NFL has loosened its alcohol ad policies, including giving official sponsors the freedom to use active players in beer ads for the first time. According to reports, while alcohol brands still cannot use active players in marketing, alcohol marketers can now promote themselves as the “official” product of teams they sponsor…

MEMBER NEWS: Norway: IOGT Movement Campaigns against Pension Fund’s Alcohol Investments

IOGT movement in Norway is campaigning against the Norwegian Government Pension Fund commonly known as the Oil Fund’s investment in the alcohol industry. The campaign called “Oil Fund’s Alcohol Problem” is run by FORUT, IOGT Norway, Juvente and Blue Cross Norway. The main elements are advertisements painted on walls in Kampala, Uganda, in the same fashion as alcohol advertisements you find all over the African continent…

NEWS: Baltics: Alcohol Tax Race to the Bottom Unfolding

The Baltic region has begun a race to cut alcohol taxes. Sparked by the recent move by Estonia to slash alcohol taxes, neighboring Latvia and Finland are also considering tax reductions.
Cross-border trade is a serious concern in the close-knit Baltic region. Recently Estonia announced plans to cut its alcohol taxes, a move likely to have negative consequences for levels of alcohol harm in the country – but it appears to have sparked a race to the bottom across the region…

NEWS: Norway: Pension Fund Divests from Alcohol Industry

KLP, Norway’s largest pension fund, will no longer invest in alcohol manufacturers and gambling companies. As a first step they recently sold stocks and bonds in such firms worth about $320 million. KLP has added 90 companies of alcohol and gambling industries to their exclusion list alongside industries it previously divested from…

NEWS: Canada: Restrictions on Flavoured Purified Alcohol Beverages

Recently, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced new regulations to restrict the amount of alcohol in single-serve containers of flavoured purified alcoholic beverages. Flavoured purified alcoholic beverages, a new and growing class of beverages in Canada, pose an increasing public health risk to Canadians, particularly youth…