The Federation of Independent Retailers (NFRN) has welcomed the announcement that the Irish government will introduce a minimum price unit (MPU) on alcoholic products next year.
From January 1, 2022, the cheapest bottle of wine will cost € 7.75, where it could cost less than € 5 previously.
A 700ml bottle of supermarket gin or vodka costing between € 13-14 will drop to € 20.71 as part of the system, while a 440ml can of lager beer will cost a minimum of € 1.32.
The plan was initially approved in 2018, but implementation was delayed as the government wanted to do it at the same time as Northern Ireland, in order to discourage potential smuggling and consumers going to northern retailers, the group said.
However, Stormont has now indicated that it will not proceed with similar legislation in the near future, he added.
Martin Mulligan, President of NFRN Ireland, said: “We welcome the overall decision to introduce a minimum unit price as it level the playing field. Big multiples have taken our confectionery and Christmas business. , so that will give us all a chance to fight. “
“For years, multiples have used cheap alcohol as a lead product. The minimum price will help small retailers compete, especially big brands, ”added Tom McDermott, owner of Clonmel convenience store.
On May 5, it was announced that Cabinet had approved a long-delayed plan to introduce an alcohol MUP from early next year with the aim of reducing alcohol abuse and spending on alcohol. health.
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