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  • NOffLA calls for reduced excise duty and a ban on below cost selling of alcohol
    devastating effect on employment and small businesses as well as causing a reduction in taxable consumption and a subsequent rise in the Black Economy Below cost selling also allows large multiple retailers to use alcohol as a loss leader which costs the State on average 21million each year Eliminating it would ensure higher standards in alcohol retailing by eliminating the heavily discounted selling of branded alcohol NOffLA which represents 315 independent specialist off licences operating under certified responsible retailing standards has seen over 3000 jobs lost since 2008 In 2012 21 independent off licences closed their doors and ceased trading Ten have closed this year alone NOffLA members are currently facing immense economic pressures and this was amplified by the excise increases introduced in Budget 2013 Further tax increases will result in further job losses and business closures It will effectively sound the death knell for this indigenous industry said McCabe Tax on beer is now the fourth highest in the EU cider the second highest spirits the third highest and wine the highest in the EU Addressing this issue with the Committee McCabe said Irish taxes on alcohol are among the highest in Europe which makes it a prime

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  • Consumers unaware of spend on alcohol in grocery shop
    may have increased but this has been confined to supermarkets where people are able to purchase alcohol as if it were an ordinary grocery product which clearly it is not In Ireland there are no legal requirements regarding where alcohol is located within a supermarket which means it can be placed beside such thing as nappies children s products and hardware It is clear to see that the purchase of alcohol is not a conscious decision and this enables the consumer to subconsciously bury their alcohol spend in their grocery budget The only way to rectify this problem is to enact Section 9 of the Intoxicating liquor Act which would require supermarkets to structurally separate alcohol from other non alcoholic products This area should have a separate till and be manned by a trained staff member and in effect offer the same tight controls as an Independent off licence Individuals would have to make a conscious decision to enter this area to purchase alcohol It would also mean that children aren t being confronted with alcohol every time they enter a supermarket said Ms Jones News Press Archive 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 Contact Details Block D Unit

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  • NOffLA calls on Goverment to reduce excise duty and ban below cost selling
    18 and wine 41 This has already had a hugely negative impact on independent off licences with ten closures so far this year Increased excise duty has also had the effect of fuelling declines in duty paid by retailers to the government as from January May 2013 the duty paid on beer declined by 13 spirits by 16 3 wine by 9 8 and cider by 16 3 The purpose of the excise duty increase in last year s budget isn t being met and this has had a knock on effect of causing significant volume declines across all alcoholic beverage categories Speaking at the launch of NOffLA s pre Budget submission Chairperson Evelyn Jones said Raising excise duty on alcohol is too often looked upon as a quick source of Exchequer funding however such repeated measures have instead resulted in a dramatic reduction in taxable consumption and a subsequent rise in the Black Economy In addition to this below cost selling allows large multiple retailers to use alcohol as loss leaders losing the State 21million a year while also retailing alcohol in an irresponsible manner At present NOffLA members face immense economic pressures and a grossly unfair trading environment NOffLA calls on government to support independent off licences as they are indigenous business based in every corner of Ireland Further job losses will be to the detriment of our industry and also the Exchequer action is needed now said Jones In addition this such high excise duty has helped to fuel the black economy Irish taxes on beer are the fourth highest in the EU cider the second highest spirits the third highest and wine the highest in the EU Alcohol products are prime targets for counterfeiters in the European market due to their brand value high tax and

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  • (NOffLA) categorically refutes Senator John Crown’s comments regarding the retail of alcohol
    Senator John Crown s comments that the sellers of alcohol including independent off licences are drug dealers This is an inaccurate and careless characterisation that NOffLA refutes in the strongest possible manner because the sale of alcohol is legal in Ireland As the sale of alcohol is legal and permitted by way of government licence it is the responsibility of all members of the Oireachtas including the Senator to put an adequate legal framework around its sale NOffLA has always advocated and will always advocate for the highest retail standards to be applied to the sale of alcohol For example all of NOffLA s members must train their staff using NOffLA s Responsible Trading Certificate RTC which ensures that independent off licence employees are highly trained in retailing alcohol in the most responsible manner possible Generalisations and inaccurate throwaway comments illustrate a complete lack of respect for those who work very hard to retail alcohol in a responsible manner in the absence of any action from government NOffLA has consistently called on the government to regulate the alcohol retail sector If this is not done immediately Ireland s irresponsible relationship with alcohol will continue which will be to the detriment

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  • NOffLA calls on government to regulate alcohol retail sector immediately
    amongst independent off licences based the length and breadth across Ireland will be lost and the local economy will suffer a further blow In addition to this Ireland s irresponsible relationship with alcohol will continue which will be to the detriment of the country s young people NOffLA have always advocated for the highest retail standards to be applied to the sale of alcohol For example all of NOffLA s members must train their staff using NOffLA s Responsible Trading Certificate RTC which ensures that independent off licence employees are highly trained in retailing alcohol However alcohol is currently sold as a loss leader in many mixed trading outlets with little oversight or protections in place Simple steps can be taken to address both this unfair trading environment and also the inherent health problems with irresponsible alcohol consumption NOffLA appeals to the government to introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol ban below cost selling of alcohol in mixed trading outlets and implement the division of alcohol from everyday household products through structural separation which is contained in a previous piece of legislation This multipronged approach is essential in ensuring Ireland has a more responsible relationship with alcohol and that local jobs across the entire country are protected said Jones Meanwhile a survey of NOffLA s members has revealed that government inaction in regulating the retail of alcohol has had serious implications for independent off licences The survey taken from a sample of 80 of NOffLA s members found 54 experienced a decline in turnover for 2012 46 expects a decline in turnover for 2013 In the three alcohol sales categories wine beer and spirits 70 experienced a decline in all three categories 78 of NOffLA s members cited the recession discounting of alcohol products and a lack of

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  • NOffLA Speaks: Further call for government action
    health Minister Róisín Shortall left off in terms of championing the reform of the sale and marketing of alcohol Click on link for full article http www shelflife ie article aspx id 3976 News Press Archive 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 Contact Details Block D Unit 6 Nutgrove Office Park Rathfarnham Dublin 14 Ireland Tel 353 1 296 2326 Fax 353 1 296 2451 Email info noffla ie

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  • NOffLA strongly opposes the introduction of an off-licence levy
    also called for a 10 tax to be introduced on off licences This is an extremely ill thought out proposal with little consideration being about the impact or consequences it would have on countless small businesses across Ireland This move would lead to significant job losses There has been a significant shift in alcohol sales to the off trade however this has not benefited the independent off licence sector In

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  • NATIONAL OFF-LICENCE OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2013
    offer the best service to customers Our members are trained specialists in responsibly retailing alcohol thanks to our Responsible Trading Certificate RTC training programme NOffLA took a leadership role in creating developing and implementing this innovative cost friendly programme which has benefited our Association and also the general public We believe that any person retailing alcohol should be adequately trained to do so as is the case in other sectors continued Jones The most notable awards are National Off Licence of the Year Responsible Retailer of the Year and RTC Online Trainee of the Year The much sought after accolades went to Dicey Reilly s Off Licence in Ballyshannon Co Donegal National Off Licence of the Year The Wine Centre Kilkenny Responsible Retailer of the Year Alex Markin O Brien s Clontarf RTC Online Trainee of the Year In addition all 41 finalists were awarded certificates of either Standard Merit or Excellence based on their performance Other awards on the night included Specialist Off Licence Group of the Year 2013 O Donovan s Cork Best First Time Entrant 2013 Desmonds Next Door Food Retailer Off Licence of the Year 2013 Shiel s Londis Customer Service Award of the Year 2013 Donnybrook Fair Spirit Specialist of the Year 2013 Redmonds Off Licence Ranelagh Beer Specialist of the Year 2013 Baggot Street Wines Wine Specialist of the Year 2013 Deveney s Rathmines Munster Off Licence of the Year 2013 World Wide Wines Leinster Off Licence of the Year 2013 The Wine Centre Kilkenny Dublin Off Licence of the Year 2013 Gibneys Off Licence According to Jones the awards have been of the highest standard to date The standard this year really has been outstanding particularly with regards to product knowledge customer service and responsible retailing It hasn t been an easy year

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