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Distillers In High Spirits

Distillers In High Spirits With NZ First Liquor Policy Decision

The Distilled Spirits Association has welcomed New Zealand First’s policy decision to support all types of alcohol beverages being sold in supermarkets and grocery stores, calling it a win for commonsense.

New Zealand First’s Rt Hon Winston Peters told spirit industry members today that his party would back initiatives to remedy the anomaly which sees spirits, wine coolers and fortified wines (ports and sherries) illogically excluded from sale in supermarkets. “New Zealand First is not pro-drinking, but it is important that our liquor legislation is fair, logical and there’s a level playing field”, said Mr Peters.

Speaking after the announcement, Association Chairman Ian McAteer said his members would be pushing hard for legislative change to restore some equity and balance to what is clearly an illogical trading situation.

“It’s an issue of choice. How can it be OK for people to buy all types of liquor in bottlestores, bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants and even Parliament’s own Bellamy’s, but not in supermarkets?” he asked.

In the meantime, the Association will canvass support for a private members bill to get the ludicrous law changed. “We have a good case to progress the needs of consumers, as shoppers have clearly embraced the convenience and independent choice of picking up their drink supplies with their groceries”, said Mr McAteer.

“At the end of the day, consumers know what they like and should be able to freely choose where and who they do business with”, concluded Mr Ateer.

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