UK retailers sign up to "unprecedented" best practice guide on alcohol

16 January, 2015

The UK’s leading grocers, symbol groups and a host of convenience stores have signed up to a best practice guide hailed as “an unprecedented collaborations between retailers”.

The Retail of Alcohol Standards Group guidance document includes common practice for promotions, staff training, ID schemes and relationships with police forces and council officers.

Tesco’s Hardish Purewal, chairman of the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group, said: “Retailers take their responsibilities around the sale of alcohol very seriously, which is why the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group is building on the success of Challenge 25 and Community Alcohol Partnerships to develop this guidance.

“The guidance draws from the best practice across the industry and establishes a high set of standards that will support all retailers to retail alcohol in a responsible way.”

Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, added: “The success of the schemes developed by the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group so far demonstrates how valuable co-ordinated voluntary action between retailers is in tackling alcohol related harm in communities. This guidance builds on the successful work they have already undertaken and is an important next step in their work promoting responsible retail practices.”

The group includes the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, The Co-operative Group, Aldi, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Bargain Booze, Nisa and Spar.

It is hoped that the standards will now be adopted more widely across all alcohol retailers with the Association of Convenience Stores helping to promote it among its members.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “This guidance will be a great support to convenience retailers as they look to ensure that are doing what they can to sell alcohol responsibly. We’ll be working closely with our members to ensure that this guidance is promoted throughout the convenience sector and that independent retailers are supported in meeting the high standards that this rightly sets.”

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