Public Policy Leadership
We are a sector leader in promoting enhanced public policy on responsible drinking. We have influenced at a local, national and international level in relation to Minimum Unit Pricing of alcohol. We were the first drinks organisation to carry the UK Chief Medical Officer’s new responsible drinking guidelines on our packaging in the UK. We also offer zero alcohol alternatives to all our main brands in the UK. The need to ensure that communities are well educated and protected in terms of their relationship with our products is central to our business.
We are members of the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM), which works closely with apple growers and the agricultural communities in cider regions in the UK, and we have a seat on the board of the organisation. This working relationship puts us at the heart of many UK Government discussions relating to the responsible use of alcohol. The NACM is also engaged with tax and regulatory departments and opinion-forming bodies having an interest in cider and alcohol generally.
Within Europe, we are corporate members and key influencers within the European Cider and Fruit Wine Association (AICV). Working with these and other organisations enables us to press for consistency in cider definitions across the world, which is important for our global expansion aspirations.
Stemming from our belief that consumers should be given information about what they are consuming in order to make their own informed choices, we voluntarily display calorie information on our packaging in the UK and Ireland.
Our products are relatively low in sugar content with our leading cider brands containing less sugar than their key competitors and with Tennent’s lager only containing trace levels of sugar. In Australia, Magners Blonde, a low carb version of Magners, has 85% lower carbohydrates than other ciders and no added sugar.These initiatives reflect our commitment to ensuring a sustainable relationship between ourselves, our products and our communities.
We are funders of Drinkaware, which performs the valuable role of equipping consumers with information about alcohol consumption. We also promote Drinkaware on our packaging and advertising materials. We are members of Drinkaware’s Sports Working Group and we use our partnerships with Celtic FC, Scottish Rugby and the Scottish FA to drive awareness of Drinkaware’s Have a Little Less, Feel a lot Better campaign for mid-life sports fans.
Best Bar None
As part of our strategy of focusing on local customers and consumers with responsible drinking messages and activity, we are a member of the Best Bar None scheme. The aim of this scheme is to improve the night time economy of many high streets in England and Scotland, making them safer and more enjoyable places to be.
Minimum Unit Pricing
The Scottish Government implemented introduce minimum pricing for alcohol in May 2018, having been delayed following a series of legal challenges. We continued to support the Scottish Government, retailers and consumers in the lead up to the implementation of Minimum Unit Pricing and are also supporting the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland Governments in their plans to implement Minimum Unit Pricing.