Tag: Liquor

US Alcohol Companies Relishing the Propest of TPPA

Press Release – Otago University US Alcohol Companies Relishing the Propest of TPPA, which will Consolidate NZ’s Heavy Drinking CultureUS Alcohol Companies Relishing the Propest of TPPA, which will Consolidate NZ’s Heavy Drinking Culture The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) is urging the US Senate to pass a House of Representatives (House)-approved Bill, the Trade Promotion Agency (TPA), which will facilitate the passing of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). DISCUS represents over 135 distillers and includes some of the largest alcohol producers in the world, including Diageo, Pernod Ricard, Bacardi, Brown-Forman and Constellation Brands. DISCUS is lobbying for the US to conclude new trade agreements, such as the TPPA, because these make it easier for US alcohol exports. When the US House of Representatives (the House) approved the TPA DISCUS was thrilled. “This is an extremely positive development. Trade Promotion Authority is the key to expanding market access across the globe and to building on the record export growth we¹ve experienced for five straight years, said Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President of International Trade Christine LoCascio, noting that spirits exports totalled over $1.5 billion in 2014. We urge the Senate to pass the House-approved bill as soon as possible.” http://www.discus.org/distilled-spirits-council-hails-house-passage-of-tpa “The prospects of the TPPA being passed may be thrilling to US alcohol companies who probably have NZ in their sights, but would consolidate...

Read More

TPP a potential threat to continued alcohol reform

Press Release – Alcohol Healthwatch Alcohol Healthwatch is among a group of professional health agencies and individuals calling on Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser to arrange a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. New Zealand is a signatory …TPP a potential threat to continued alcohol reform Alcohol Healthwatch is among a group of professional health agencies and individuals calling on Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser to arrange a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. New Zealand is a signatory to the TPP and the latest round of negotiations arecurrently underway in Canberra. Alcohol Healthwatch Director Rebecca Williams says leaked information suggests that “investor state dispute settlement” and “technical barriers to trade” clauses are part of the TPP negotiations. Such clauses could leave countries like New Zealand wide open to litigious action by giant international corporates such as the alcohol industry if health legislation was put in place that threatens their trade. “A perfect example is how trading nations and alcohol industry interests continue to undermine Thailand’s decision to put graphic warning labels on alcohol using ‘technical barriers to trade’ clauses in existing trade agreements.” Thailand first proposed warning labels as a way to address alcohol-related harm in 2010. Since then it has come under intense pressure to reconsider the measure from trading nations including New Zealand and Australia, along...

Read More

Trade deal will undermine public health efforts

Press Release – Alcohol Healthwatch Round 18 of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) are currently underway in Malaysia. Alcohol Healthwatch director Rebecca Williams says her organisation has just learnt that trade negotiators are discussing text for inclusion in the TPPA … Trade deal will undermine public health efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm if it limits the scope and role of alcohol warning labelling. Round 18 of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) are currently underway in Malaysia. Alcohol Healthwatch director Rebecca Williams says her organisation has just learnt that trade negotiators are discussing text for inclusion in the TPPA that could limit the role of alcohol warning labelling, and this has serious implications for public health in New Zealand. Williams says that public health experts have been calling for labelling on all alcohol containers for years to ensure that consumers have the real facts about the risks they are taking. A New Zealand application for labels warning of the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy, first made in 2006, remains undecided following delay after delay. In December 2011 the alcohol industry were given 2 years to voluntarily introduce labels. Both New Zealand and Australian governments are undertaking a review of their efforts. Best practice for health warnings require them to be mandatory, prominently placed, have horizontal orientation, include both text and graphics, cover a specified percentage...

Read More

Leaked TPPA documents and the limp Alcohol Reform Bill

Press Release – Alcohol Action NZ Can Hon Tim Groser, Minister of Trade, reassure us all that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will not prevent the government enacting effective new alcohol laws to combat the heavy drinking culture in New Zealand, involving price, marketing, …Media Release – 14th June 2012 Leaked TPPA documents and the limp Alcohol Reform Bill Can Hon Tim Groser, Minister of Trade, reassure us all that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will not prevent the government enacting effective new alcohol laws to combat the heavy drinking culture in New Zealand, involving price, marketing, accessibility and drink-driving? Alcohol Action NZ has written to Hon Tim Groser today (see attached letter) seeking urgent reassurance on two key points: 1. That the TPPA will not prevent this or any future New Zealand government enacting laws related to the pricing, marketing or accessibility of alcohol or drink-driving that could negatively impact on a global alcohol corporation’s alcohol business in New Zealand; 2. That the TPPA will not allow global alcohol corporations to sue this or any future New Zealand government if it enacted such laws. “We were moved to write to the Minister today when we heard in the media of the leaked draft text of the investment chapter of the TPPA. It appears to allow global alcohol corporations to sue the New Zealand government if new...

Read More