The latest article in the Herald on liquor law changes highlights the support of an unusual group: publicans! They are outraged by the unconscionably low prices that supermarkets charge. Low relative to the prices they prefer to charge, that is:
I don’t know how supermarket operators can sleep at night. …They are cutting the margins to the point where it’s very difficult for the breweries to move. …Now you can buy a Steinlager in a supermarket for $2. In my bars it’s $8 to $8.50.
Matt and I both share their outrage that competition has forced publicans to cut their prices and offer a better deal to consumers. They are now calling for the government to step in and legislate a minimum level of
profits prices for them.
If you’re worried about the shrinking profits of bar owners in New Zealand, too, then head on down to a bar and make a donation tonight. We certainly plan to 😉