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  • Mandatory calorie labelling would harm pubs and brewers as they begin to recover from COVID-19 

    27 July 2020

    BBPA responds to Government’s new obesity strategy      The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today responded to the launch of the Government’s new obesity strategy.    As part of the new strategy, the Government has said it will require large restaurants, which would include managed pubs operated by companies with more than 250 employees, to include calorie information on their food menus. It will also encourage smaller businesses to voluntarily provide calorie information and will consider making them display calories in the future.     The BBPA, whilst welcoming the initial exemption for very small pub businesses, says such measures would be extremely costly for those pub businesses employing more than 250 employees at a time when they are recovering from COVID-19 and could also lead to restricted choice for consumers. Extending mandatory calorie labelling to smaller pubs would disproportionately affect them and their suppliers, and many local, community pubs could struggle to implement changes, it says.    The Government has also announced it will launch a new consultation on alcohol calorie labelling as part of the new strategy. The consultation is to take place before the end of the year and will cover calorie labelling on drinks sold in pubs, including draught beer. The BBPA says such burdensome red tape would further hinder brewers and pubs when they are trying to get back on their feet post COVID-19 lockdown and already operating under unusual circumstances with social distancing in place. It says that many UK brewers have already committed to voluntarily providing calorie information on their labels.      Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:    “Forcing pubs to display calorie content will likely reduce the food offer available to customers. It will be prohibitively expensive for pubs to implement, especially when they have had nearly four months without trade due to the lockdown.     “In many cases UK brewers are already responding to consumer demand for calorie information and across the EU have voluntarily committed to providing the information on labels. There are also a variety of online resources available to help consumers understand calorie information for beer. Making calorie labelling mandatory for all beer, including draught beer, is unnecessary and burdensome at a time where many smaller brewers are struggling to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.    “As our sector recovers now is not the time for burdensome red tape and we would urge the Government to look at more collaborative ways to work with our sector instead, including promoting the growing range of low and no alcohol beers. We are keen to support the Government on tackling obesity and want to work with them to help them achieve the strategy’s aims in a practical manner.”

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  • BBPA welcomes Boris Johnson’s call for restraint as pubs reopen

    03 July 2020

    Trade association says only a tiny number of pubs will be opening at 6am if any at all The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for pub goers to be responsible and follow measures put in place in pubs to ensure their safety, when they reopen from tomorrow. In his speech, the Prime Minister noted that pubs had gone to great lengths to ensure the safety of their customers as they reopen. Alongside the National Police Chiefs’ Council, UKHospitality and the London Nightime Economy Czar, the trade association this week issued a joint statement urging pub goers to follow guidelines and measures put in place in pubs, so everyone can enjoy them safely. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “It is great to see the Prime Minister recognise the lengths our pubs have gone to in order to reopen safely from tomorrow. “We are all excited to see our locals reopen after so long and the wait is nearly over. We echo the Prime Minister’s call and urge pub goers who plan on visiting their local this Saturday to act responsibly, follow the measures in place and help pub landlords and staff to open in the best way possible. Doing so will ensure everyone can enjoy the return to the pubs we love so much, safely.” The trade association also responded to reports that No 10 Downing Street has confirmed that pubs will not be able to reopen until 6am on Saturday, citing that the overwhelming majority of pubs will not be opening their doors at 6am. This is because the time a pub can open and serve beer is based on its licence, and the vast majority of pub licences mean they cannot reopen and serve beer until 11am on Saturday. Commenting on this, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Whilst pubs in theory can reopen from 6am tomorrow, the reality is that only a tiny number of them will be opening at that time if any at all. Even then, it will be primarily to serve breakfast. The overwhelming majority of pubs have licences that mean they cannot open and serve beer until 11am on Saturday.”

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