Proposals in the Scottish Government’s Alcohol Bill published today will stifle the growth of the convenience sector, it has been claimed. 

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation claims the bill will play into the hands of the multiples and penalise smaller stores by banning promotional activity in-store. 

It would also affect the competitiveness of the entire Scottish grocery industry by implementing a minimum price on alcohol. 

“If the Scottish Government is really serious about addressing Scotland’s relationship with alcohol they should enforce the existing legislation properly, develop specific interventions to target problem drinkers and start to address the underlying cultural issues which cause Scots to abuse alcohol through improved education,” said John Drummond, Chief Executive of the SGF.

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