Head of Diagio-USA calls for summit of alcoholic beverage industry – Taxes opposed on beverage alcohol – Government Activity – International Pages

Head of Diagio-USA calls for summit of alcoholic beverage industry – Taxes opposed on beverage alcohol – Government Activity – International Pages – Brief Article

Paul Clinton, head of Diageo’s U.S. business, has called for an unprecedented summit of the alcoholic beverage industry in the United States to raise awareness of its commitment to the responsible use of the industry’s products and to work together to prevent further increases in taxes on beverage alcohol. The conference will be held in the spring of 2003.

The proposal was made in a speech at a meeting of the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), where Clinton said: “I propose that the entire industry come together next spring in an all-industry summit to address just two topics: gaining better awareness and appreciation of our joint commitment to the responsible use of our products and working to prevent taxes on any of our products from being raised.”

Clinton called on beer, wine and spirits suppliers, wholesalers and retailers, as well as the industry associations that represent them, to join Diageo in promoting these two critical issues in a cooperative manner and reported that the idea has been favorably received by many in the industry, including the leadership of NB WA.

He indicated that he would actively seek the support of others in the industry, including The Beer Institute, Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), the Wine Institute, American Wineries, Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, American Beverage Licensees, the American Beverage Institute. Clinton said given the size of the industry there was great potential for speaking in one voice.

On taxes, Clinton said that beverage alcohol is among the most heavily taxed of all consumer products and it is to the benefit of the entire industry – and consumers – to come together to prevent further increases in beverage alcohol taxes, which already account for more than half the price consumers pay.

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