Zero-alcohol beer could soon be moved from Kiwi soft drinks aisles

By RJ Whitehead

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New Zealand’s grocers have welcomed a bill that will allow zero-alcohol and very low alcohol beers to be sold alongside full-strength beers in supermarkets.

Introduced in Parliament last week, The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Display of Low-alcohol Beverages and Other Remedial Matters) Amendment Bill 2015 will get its first reading in 2016.

Food & Grocery Council chief executive Katherine Rich said she was pleased the government had moved to address what was an anomalous situation, whereby zero-alcohol beers could only be stocked on soft-drinks aisles.

I’m glad to see common sense has prevailed and this unintended consequence can be corrected in the law​.

It doesn’t make sense that these products can’t be put next to other beer when everyone wants to provide options and promote responsible drinking,” Rich said​.

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