Enters into force a ban on the sale of beer in plastic bottles larger than 1.5 liters

© RIA Novosti / Artem to Greenskeepers in photobackgrounds beer. Archival photoEnters into force a ban on the sale of beer in plastic bottles larger than 1.5 liters© RIA Novosti / Artem to Greenskeepers the image Bank

Beer in plastic consumer packaging (plastic bottles) with a volume of 1.5 liters since July 1 can no longer be sold in Russian stores, and at the same time prohibited the retail sale of such products in the provision of catering services.

According to the law on state regulation of production and turnover of alcohol in Russia from January 1, 2017 banned the production and turnover (except retail sale) of alcoholic products in plastic containers larger than 1.5 liters. The retail sale of beer in PET packages of more than 1.5 liters are prohibited from 1 July of the current year.

For the sale of alcoholic products in consumer plastic containers larger than 1.5 liters assumes the penalty from 100 thousand to 200 thousand rubles, for officials, for companies — from 300 thousand to 500 thousand rubles.

The brewers claim that beer in large plastic bottles sold in stores Russia for several months. «The majority of market participants have stopped both production and shipments of products from 1 January 2017. In this regard, given the limited shelf life of products in PET packaging, the retail left the goods of more than 1.5 liters», — told RIA Novosti in the Union of Russian brewers.

While initial fears about the negative impact of prohibition on the brewing industry, apparently, was not confirmed. «Consumers quite calmly apprehended changes and normally switched to beer in a package smaller volume. Our worst fears were not confirmed, although some brands have lost in their volumes,» — said the Director for corporate relations Heineken in the Russian Kirill Bolmatov.

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