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Pubs / 14 April 2021

BBPA responds to leaked proposals for calorie labelling on pints

Trade association says measures would be “kicking pubs when they are down”

The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today responded to reports of leaked Government proposals for calorie labelling on pints of beer in pubs.

Responding to the reports, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“Proposals to force calorie labelling on pints sold in pubs are ludicrous – and especially outrageous at this difficult time. After more than a year of being forced to close fully or operate under severe loss-making restrictions, now is not the time to heap burdensome and expensive regulation on our pubs.

“Our pubs are on their knees and the Government already knows this. Calorie labelling would be kicking pubs and brewers when they are down.

“We have very serious concerns on the impact these proposals would have on the sector and on consumers.

“The British people have had months without going to their local. It has been tough mentally and socially. Let them enjoy it again and let our businesses rebuild. We must remember that after so much enforced isolation, the pub has an important role to play in tackling loneliness and improving mental health.”

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