IRRESPONSIBLE RETAILERS REWARDED BY NEW ALCOHOL SALES CURBS
VARADKAR’S NEW MEASURES WILL STRENGTHEN DOMINANCE OF LARGER STORES ON ALCOHOL SALES
RGDATA, the organisation representing the independent retail grocery trade has warned that new controls on the sale and display of alcohol will strengthen the dominance of larger stores in market for the sale of alcohol.
RGDATA Director General said that the new provisions on structural separation of alcohol products will disproportionately impact on smaller family owned stores with less room to adapt their business premises, but will leave the larger multiple operators untouched.
Tara Buckley commented:
“ The main problem with the sale and display of alcohol products in shops has been the irresponsible marketing and promotional policies adopted by some of the largest retailers in the State who have been engaged in the below cost sale of alcohol. They have adopted wholly irresponsible and reckless sales practices, some of which will at last be addressed by this Bill. However they are also the main retail winners from this new legislation as the new rules on structural separation of alcohol products will cause them limited inconvenience and allow them to strengthen their market position in liquor sales. Regrettably smaller family owned shops which exercise greater control and restraint on alcohol sales will have the greatest challenge adopting their premises to accommodate new rules on alcohol sales. Many may be unable to comply or will not be able to fund the changes and may have to give up alcohol sales completely.”
Buckley said that RGDATA would be making their concerns known to the Minister and seeking changes to the Bill as presented.
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