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  • Press Release - Budget Duty Decrease
    that has resulted in devastating losses in trade to cross border retailers Independent off licences some 350 of which are members of our Association have seen losses in business of some 20 since the ill advised VAT increase in last years Budget The new duty rates will lead to a degree of restoration of fair competition against UK prices although the business lost over the last year will never be recouped said Mr McCabe Concerns have been expressed that lower prices for alcohol in the Republic could lead to alcohol abuse The means to avoid such a situation arising is through responsible trading and in order to achieve that our Association has been highlighting the urgent need for legislation to introduce mandatory training of all staff directly engaged in selling alcohol to the public Such training is already a requirement for all independent specialist off licences within our membership Cross border shoppers have been purchasing alcohol in large volumes and while the new pricing will hopefully lead to a return to purchasing locally there is now no incentive or purpose in such high volume purchasing The danger however is that the large supermarket multiples and discounters will seek to exploit the reduced prices to stimulate high volume purchases in the Republic This will be highly irresponsible and will serve as yet another example of the need for alcohol licensing to be reinforced The Minister for Justice has deferred implementing new legislation against the irresponsible promotion of high volumes of cheap alcohol in the expectation that a voluntary code of practice would deter large supermarkets and multiples from marketing in a manner that could lead to alcohol abuse The reality is that these large retailers have been paying lip service to the voluntary code and have in effect been stimulating bulk

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  • Competition Act 2002
    will not advocate practices in relation to direct selling that may have the effect of restricting or distorting competition in the market for alcoholic beverage sales in the State 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

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  • Press Release - Irish Wine Show September 29, 2009
    Wine Show Jim McCabe Chairman of the Association said that The Responsible Trading in the Community RTC training programme which all members of the National Off Licence Association must undertake as a requirement for membership has been acknowledged in Ireland as the most positive proactive initiative to promote responsible retailing of alcohol The integrity of the RTC is founded on the basis that companies and individuals involved on a day to day basis with consumers of alcohol need to make a binding commitment to conduct their trade in the most responsible and professional manner This binding commitment however will only work in partnership with parental responsibility The legal age for the purchase of alcohol is 18 years of age but often this is not being observed by parents when it comes to their children The tacit agreement of parents to allow their underage children take the odd drink undermines the law of the land and if parents permit their children to take alcohol in unsupervised situations this may result in binge drinking and arrested social development in the teenager which is irrevocable And so the cycle continues from generation to generation Mr McCabe was speaking at the opening of the

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  • NOffLA Chairman Speaks
    even the Department of Health recognise we are no longer the problem Remember the days when every budget meant an excise increase Thanks in part to our campaigns we have only seen two increases in seven years Remember when communication was all one way between us and government Now thanks to the continuous efforts of our Association we are recognised in the public domain and our opinion is sought on related issues Last year NOffLA at the request of the Department of Justice contributed to the report prepared by the Alcohol Advisory Group in advance of the 2008 Bill While we are very annoyed that the government caved in to the multiples I can assure you many more restrictions than the early closing would have been imposed without our input and lobbying Remember when multiples could offer free alcohol as part of a price promotion Not any more That was us The work of our Association promises to continue with equal fervour throughout this year Our plans for 2009 include Continue to push for greater restrictions on multiples to reduce their irresponsible price promotion of alcohol Continue to lobby for the introduction of lower taxation levels specifically on alcohol that will eliminate bulk purchasing of alcohol by Southern shoppers in Northern Ireland Continue to highlight with government that VAT is being used to subsidize below cost selling Continue to monitor the implementation of the Code of Conduct Continue the pressure on government to implement the rest of the Intoxicating Liquor Bill 2008 to afford independent traders at minimum a level playing field Continue to lobby for the reintroduction of later closing hours because Section 9 was not implemented Reiterate the need for mandatory training in our business sector Restate the need for mandatory I D Reinforce that excise levies are

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  • Press Relase - Government Inaction Facilitates Binge Drinking
    aimed at curbing irresponsible trading including confining alcohol displays to specific areas within supermarkets separated from food restricting bulk purchase incentives and ensuring proper training of alcohol sales staff was to be introduced by the Minister for Justice The legislation was subsequently put on hold pending the introduction of a voluntary Code of Practice to be adopted by the major multiples and mixed trade sectors Nine months later the Code still awaits implementation due to intensive lobbying by the major multiples and meanwhile these same retailers continue to blatantly defy the principles on which the Code was supposedly based by incentivising customers to purchase in high volumes No explanation has been forthcoming for the delay in implementing the proposed Code of Practice so the conclusion may be drawn that the Government is being unduly influenced by the major multiples a position that is intolerable At the same time the mass exodus of customers to Northern Ireland continues unabated due to the failure of Government to address the imbalance in taxes especially VAT between the jurisdictions 21 5 versus 15 in the North which is a major influence on comparable prices north and south stated Mr McCabe Mr McCabe also referred to the announcement exactly one year ago by the then Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan of the setting up of the Government Alcohol Advisory Group which subsequently put forward a series of recommendations that were largely welcomed by the National Off Licence Association It is more than ironic that one of the few changes to liquor licensing that were in fact subsequently enforced in the new licensing legislation was in relation to the trading hours for off licences The nett result was that the sector that has demonstrated the highest level of standards in responsible trading suffered the greatest level

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  • National Off-Licence of the Year Awards 2009
    by NOffLA annually to recognise those off licences around the country that offer exceptional service to customers and demonstrate excellence in retail standards According to NOffLA Chairman Jim McCabe 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 51 finalists from around Ireland gathered for the final stage of the judging process comprising a blind tasting conducted by Joe Coyle of Gilbeys of Ireland Marks were also awarded for key criteria including overall appearance hygiene product range customer service and product knowledge Judging began in July 2008 a tough but rewarding journey for all of this year s award winners Jim McCabe 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 WINNERS AWARD CATEGORY OUTLET SPONSOR Best First Time Entrant 2009 Barrys Off Licence Ballinacurra Co Cork National Off License Association Food Retailer Off Licence of the Year 2009 Donnybrook Fair Dublin Wyndham Estate Specialist Off Licence Group of the Year 2009 O Donovans Cork Montes Premium Wines Spirit Specialist of the Year 2009 Deveneys Dundrum Smirnoff Beer Specialist of the Year 2009 McHughs Malahide Road Budweiser Wine Specialist of the Year 2009 Jus de Vine Portmarnock Faustino Munster Off Licence of the Year 2009 World Wide Wines Waterford Hennessy

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  • 2009
    training Competition Act 2002 09 Nov 2009 Press Release Irish Wine Show September 29 2009 09 Nov 2009 NOffLA Chairman Speaks 22 Apr 2009 Press Release Government Inaction Facilitates Binge Drinking 22 Apr 2009 National Off Licence of the Year Awards 2009 19 Jan 2009 RSS Feed RSS Help News Press Archive 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 Contact Details Block D Unit 6 Nutgrove Office Park Rathfarnham Dublin

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  • GOLD STAR AWARDS 2008 WINNERS
    2007 and the equally prestigious Red Wine of the Year 2008 for George Wyndham Shiraz 2005 With over 500 wines typically 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 350 independent off licences around the country and will be clearly identifiable on shelf According to NOffLA Chairman Jim McCabe 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 eight years for being the essential guide for selecting great wines at any price said Mr McCabe 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 49 99 The Gold Star Awards

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