Sir: Tax revenues from alcohol sales are expected to rise by an extra £3bn by 2018 despite falling purchase numbers - as detailed in the OBR’s latest forecast.

As a specialist bottler, we are acutely aware of how hard the industry is working to combat price rises caused by tax. Alcohol producers, retailers and agents will be forced to investigate ways to control costs within their supply chain, even just to sustain current purchasing levels. Measures that can be taken to contain price inflation and combat tax hikes include bulk shipping, bottling at market destination and consolidated delivery - and the onus is now on the drinks industry to seriously investigate such methods,

Adrian Curry, managing director, Cobevco