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  • National Off-Licence Association meets with Minister for Small Business
    the Minister NOffLA Chairperson Evelyn Jones highlighted said Since 2008 48 independent off licences have ceased trading which represents almost 2 400 job losses in counties all over Ireland The factors that have led to these closures include the deregulation of licenses the repeal of the Groceries Order in 2006 inconsistent application of planning rules relating to alcohol reduced operating hours and the reliance on an inadequate voluntary Code of Practice for the separation of alcohol products and for using alcohol as an advertising and promotional tool Ms Jones highlighted that Independent off licences cannot compete with mixed trading premises that use alcohol to drive footfall in order to sell other dearer non alcohol products Prior to the abolition of the Groceries Order in 2006 it wasn t possible to sell alcohol at below cost That situation has certainly changed The latest volume deal is now to buy two 20 packs of premium branded beer for 25 This type of selling is just irresponsible and dangerous NOffLA welcomed the Ministers invitation to make a submission to the Advisory Group for Small Business and looks forward to meeting the Group to discuss the ways in which this important specialist sector can

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  • NATIONAL OFF-LICENCE ASSOCIATION UNVEILS ‘NATIONAL OFF-LICENCE OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2012’
    According to NOffLA Chairperson Evelyn 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 and customer service It hasn t been an easy year for the industry so our members have really had to raise the bar and get a better understanding of exactly what the customer wants It s evident from the judges feedback that they have been doing just that The awards were held in the prestigious surrounds of the Honourable Society of King s Inns Dublin where the 42 finalists from around Ireland gathered for the final stage of the judging process comprising a blind tasting Marks were also awarded for key criteria including overall appearance hygiene product range customer service and product knowledge Judging began in July 2011 a tough but rewarding journey for all of this year s award winners Evelyn Jones continues The Awards are well recognised by industry and by the general public so will go a long way to demonstrating the quality offered by our finalists AWARDS 2012 WINNERS Specialist Off Licence Group of the Year 2012 O Donovans Cork Best First Time Entrant 2012 Next Door Sundrive Road Food Retailer Off Licence of the Year 2012 Samuel C Cope Ltd Customer Service Award of the Year 2012 Martin s Off Licence Spirit Specialist of the Year 2012 The Wine Centre Kilkenny Beer Specialist of the Year 2012 McHugh s Off Licence Malahide Road Wine Specialist of the Year 2012 Gibneys Off Licence Munster Off Licence of the Year 2012 O Donovans Off Licence Riversdale S C Connaught Ulster Off Licence of the Year 2012 McCambridges Leinster Off Licence of the Year 2012 Holland s Fine Wines Dublin Off Licence of the Year 2012 Jus de

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  • 2012
    policy group on alcohol 01 Aug 2012 NOffLA s PR campaign to urge government to introduce mandatory training for all alcohol retailers is well underway 17 Jul 2012 NOffLA s PR campaign to urge government to introduce mandatory training for all alcohol retailers LISTEN HERE NOffLA calls on Government to introduce mandatory training for alcohol retailers 25 Jun 2012 National Off Licence Association meets with Minister for Small Business 05

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  • Press Release
    price and volume deals of alcohol as the large retailers use alcohol to compete for their grocery market share It is clear that voluntary codes of practice are not suitable vehicles for alcohol control NOffLA which represents independent community based specialist off licences across Ireland is calling for legislation which currently exists and was specifically drafted in 2008 to deal with the ill effects of irresponsible alcohol sales and marketing namely Sections 9 and 16 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008 to be enacted Section 9 of the Act provides for the structural separation of alcohol products from other products in supermarkets convenience stores petrol stations and any other licenced premises which are deemed to be mixed trading Section 16 makes provision for prohibiting or restricting the use of alcohol as a promotional tool in advertising At the time of the enactment of this legislation the then Minister for Justice deferred both sections and permitted a voluntary code of practice instead Speaking at the Oireachtas hearing Jones said Alcohol is not like other products its purchase should be conscious no matter what age you are Selling alcohol is very different to selling groceries or petrol and clever insertion of phrases

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  • WINNERS OF GOLD STAR AWARDS 2011-2012
    available in any NOffLA outlet the Gold Star Awards enable consumers to identify some of the very best wines available in Ireland The winning wines were awarded on the basis of appearance smell taste and value for money Each of the 15 award winners is available in NOffLA s 330 independent off licences around the country and will be clearly identifiable on shelf According to NOffLA Chairperson Evelyn Jones the Gold Star Awards play a key role in communicating the variety of excellent wines available in Ireland at different price points The awards are categorised by price so have gained a reputation over the past ten years for being the essential guide for selecting great wines at any price said Ms Jones There is sometimes a misconception that the higher the price the better the quality of wine But four of NOffLA s Gold Star winners retail at under 8 so we are confident that consumers will be able to pick up some superb wines whether they want to spend 7 99 or 19 99 The Gold Star Awards brochure which includes tasting notes will also provide shoppers with the confidence to try new wines that are selected and recommended by an expert tasting panel NOffLA s annual SIP Drinks Show took place Krystle in Harcourt Street where distributors showcased their portfolios and promotions for Christmas and the year ahead 2011 2012 Gold Star Awards Winners Old World White Under 8 Sauvignon L Abbaye Vins de Pays de Loire 2010 Old World White Under 14 Marqués de Riscal Rueda 2010 Old World White Under 20 J Moreau Fils Chablis 2010 WINE OF THE YEAR 2011 2012 New World White Under 8 Hazy View Chenin Blanc 2011 New World White Under 14 Jacob s Creek Reserve Chardonnay 2009 New World White

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  • SIP 2011
    2011 is a trade tasting event and will culminate in the announcement of the Gold Star Awards 2011 2012 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 About Us Joining NOFFLA Contact Us Campaigns Awards Events Training News Members Login Terms

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  • CIVIL LAW (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill
    licence to sell alcohol Independent specialist alcohol retailers display alcohol in their windows because that is the only product that they sell The RRAI know that they got a serious get out of jail card when the Minister did not sign in section 9 it is their own voluntary Code that prohibits the display or merchandising of alcoholic products in their windows this was not imposed on them by the specialist alcohol retail sector and they now seek to impose it on us this is not a specialist alcohol retail sector issue and that it is their own Code that is flawed the specialist alcohol retail sector was legislated for in 2008 the specialist alcohol retail sector did not get an option to voluntarily enforce 10pm closing at that time So let s be clear here The RRAI have TOLD the Minister in its compliance report that it expects that relevant aspects of an approved Code of compliance under the proposed legislation would apply to these off licences The specialist alcohol retail sector expect Minister Shatter to see this move as just another example of the cynical opportunism of the retail giants trying to destroy even more small independent Irish business Intoxicating Liquor Bill 2008 background for context The Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern T D introduced the Intoxicating Liquor Bill 2008 based on recommendations of the Report of the Government Alcohol Advisory Group in which NOffLA participated This Bill imposed a closing time of 10 o clock on off licences This was disastrous in particular for shops in factory towns etc with shifts ending at 10pm and several off licences went to the wall Separation was in the legislation for mixed traders Section 9 however the retail giants were able to pressure the Minister to defer it and to

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  • Pat Nolan talks to Evelyn Jones, NOffLA Chairperson
    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 About Us Joining

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