Eric Carlin, Director, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, said,

“Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems welcomes the decision made by C&C, owners of Tennent’s lager, to leave the Portman Group following claims that it is dominated by the interests of multi-national companies. We regard this as a brave and principled stance and not the first time the company has taken a position that sets it apart from the multi-national producers; C&C remain committed to minimum unit pricing for alcohol in the Scotland and Ireland. We welcome C& C’s continuing support for minimum unit pricing and share the company’s concerns about the growing power of large multi-national drinks companies.

“We in Scotland have first-hand experience of how the power of large drinks companies can we misused. Legislation to introduce a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol of 50p has been delayed yet again by the legal challenge taken by the Scotch Whisky Association, which represents some of the world's biggest alcohol firms. The SWA and its supporters refute evidence-based research showing that MUP can have a positive impact on health by tackling the availability of cheap, strong alcohol. MUP saves lives; the SWA opposition will result in lives being lost.”