Cider makers body "extremely disappointed" at government's alcohol pricing plans

Plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing plans in England and Wales are not the answer to the problem of alcohol misuse, according to The National Association of Cider Makers.

Cider - image: Muffinn
Cider - image: Muffinn

The NACM said in a statement:

"The cider industry is extremely disappointed with the Government's new legislative approach. There has been no consultation despite the great impact this legislation could have on our industry, which contributes significantly to the local, rural economies where our members are based.

"The NACM recognises that we must find a solution to alcohol misuse, but Minimum Unit Pricing is not a silver bullet, therefore a commitment to implement it without debate is not how we expect Government to operate."

Meanwhile a poll published yesterday by Lightspeed Research found that 57 per cent of 2,898 adults asked were against the introduction of minimum pricing.

A law introducing minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland has already been passed by the Scottish Govermnment, but is expected to face challenges at EU level.


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