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‘Pints’ of wine to be stocked for first time

27 Dec 2023 3 minute read
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Shoppers will soon be able to buy “pint” sized bottles of still and sparkling wine in the form of a new 568ml amount to appear on supermarket shelves and in pubs, clubs and restaurants, the UK Government has announced.

The move to introduce the 568ml size will sit alongside 200ml and 500ml measures already available, offering more flexibility and choice for customers, the Department for Business and Trade said.

Pint bottles of Champagne were sold in the UK before Britain joined the European Common Market and were on shelves until 1973.

EU rules

However, their production ceased as they did not comply with EU weights and measures rules.

Some 900 vineyards, which currently produce around 12.2 million bottles of still or sparkling wine a year, are set to benefit from the new post-Brexit “freedoms”, the department said.

The changes will also allow new quantities of both pre-packed still and sparkling wine – in bottles or cans – to be sold in 200ml and 500ml quantities alongside the new 568ml “pint” quantity, to bring more alignment between the two drinks.

Currently, still wine cannot be sold in 200ml quantities and sparkling wine cannot be sold in 500ml amounts.

There is no legal obligation for businesses to sell in the new sizes.

Units

The Government also used the announcement to confirm that after “careful consideration” it had decided not to introduce any new legislation following its consultation on choice around units of measurement, which was published in June last year and received more than 100,000 responses.

The consultation considered Government proposals to remove the requirement to show metric units alongside imperial units in trade, or allow metric units to be shown with less prominence than imperial units.

The department said analysis showed 98.7% of respondents were in favour of using metric units when buying or selling products, either as the primary unit of sale as currently or as the sole unit of sale.

Kevin Hollinrake, Minister for Enterprise, Markets and Small Business, said: “Innovation, freedom and choice – that’s what today’s announcement gives to producers and consumers alike.

“Our exit from the EU was all about moments just like this, where we can seize new opportunities and provide a real boost to our great British wineries and further growing the economy.”

WineGB chief executive Nicola Bates said: “We welcome the chance to be able to harmonise still and sparkling bottle sizes and we are happy to raise a glass to the greater choice.”


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Jeff
Jeff
1 month ago

Oh my god! the brexiteers think this is a win? What a bunch of numpties.

And imperial units? They need to disappear.

Iago Traferth
Iago Traferth
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff

Why did we vote for Brexit?

Jeff
Jeff
1 month ago
Reply to  Iago Traferth

Blue passports!
Oh wait, we could have had ny colour anyway and now they are made in France.

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
1 month ago

So this is one of the benefits of Brexit. What an achievement.

Marc
Marc
1 month ago

That wine will surely taste sweeter in good old, imperial sizes, why do we have to buy our French and Spanish wine in silly foreign sizes, well done Mr Mogg

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago

” some 900 vineyards are set to benefit ” , I didnt know they had that many vineyards in England, what a great “Brexit benefit”. Oh silly me, they haven’t, so another ” Brexit benefit” that benefits the EU, just like the R.O.I and the ferry services that benefited, and the farming trade deals that benefit “NZ and OZ”. The UK , an international joke of a country.

Chris Hale
Chris Hale
1 month ago

And will it lower prices? No, retailers will take advantage of peoples confusion so unit price (whatever unit) will rise as it always does – as with decimalisation and metrication.
And don’t get me started on unit alcohol pricing – £5.28 for 4 cans of cider that cost £3.25 over in England in the same supermarket chain.

CapM
CapM
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris Hale

“And don’t get me started on unit alcohol pricing – £5.28 for 4 cans of cider that cost £3.25 over in England in the same supermarket chain.”

Yes unit alcohol pricing is tough on some drinkers.
How to pay the extra for park bench cider.
Ask for more pocket money and donations for cups of coffee perhaps.

Alan Jones
Alan Jones
1 month ago

Jesus H Christ on a bike, the worst cost of living crises in decades, record high levels of interest rates affecting millions, a government quietly eroding our rights to strike as well as our right to protest, prime ministers past & present with early signs of dementia but who couldn’t even lie straight in bed, all under the distraction of the “small boats invasion” with the government ensuring it’s msm focus is on Rwanda. All this, while ensuring the larger distraction is to keep both media & public attention away from the utter incompetence & corruption of this vile collection… Read more »

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