New Law in Czech Republic May Raise Spirits Prices


A new law targeting the labeling process of spirits in the Czech Republic was introduced in December 2013, requiring spirits containing over 20 percent alcohol to be labeled with a ‘control strip’, indicating it was produced or imported into the country. The law aims to crack down on illicit liquor, which was responsible for 48 deaths in the country in September 2012.  after methanol was found in certain spirits. The law could have significant impact on small spirits producers who will have to pay registration fees for the control strips and may lead to an increase in spirits prices overall.

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