PRA comment on the inclusion of plain packaging within Scotland's Tobacco Control Strategy

Published 28/03/2013 17:20:00 in Press Releases

“The Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) is deeply concerned to hear the latest speculation that Scotland will look to introduce plain packaging as part of its Tobacco Control Strategy. This only increases our fears that the concerns of our members particularly the rural retailers throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK are continuing to be ignored at a time when they are seriously struggling.”  said Brian Madderson, PRA Chairman.

“Tobacco products can represent up to 60% of total shop sales for the smaller forecourt shops and is a vital part of their business mix. It is very concerning given that new research confirms the significant impact this legislation is having on small retailers in Australia. Again we urge both the UK and Scottish Governments to carefully consider all the evidence, particularly the challenges and outcomes in Australia, before considering this legislation further.”

Research, released by the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores earlier this month, states that more than three out of four retailers in Australia believe that plain packaging is having a negative impact on their business  overall. Furthermore Australian retailers are experiencing increases in transaction times, increases in supplying customers with incorrect products, and increases in the time required to order stock, all as a result of the new legislation.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Brian Madderson, Chairman, Petrol Retailers Association, Retail Motor Industry Federation
The Petrol Retail Association represents some 5,500 independent forecourts which is 60% of the total UK marker. A trade association committed to helping members run their businesses legally and profitably adapting to new challenges in the market place.

The details of the research released by the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores can be found at http://www.aacs.org.au/new-research-confirms-retailers-plain-packaging-fears/

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