Nutrition labelling on alcoholic beverages: A behavioural law and economics study on mandatory alcohol labelling

H. Schebesta, K. Purnhagen, Sophie Hieke

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The exemption for alcoholic beverages from the nutrition declaration is currently discussed by policy makers. In this contribution, we use findings from consumer studies in order to analyse alcohol nutrition labelling. We first explain how alcohol nutrition labelling is currently regulated and survey the on-going policy process, including an analysis of the self-regulatory proposals that have been tabled by the alcohol beverages industry. On the basis of consumer studies, we argue that there are no reasons for excluding alcohol beverages from nutrition labelling. We further suggest that alcohol content labelling itself, currently absent from the policy agenda, should be included. Our recommendations are to study directive, semi-directive, and non-directive alcohol nutrition information labelling options. In light of highly varying attitudes across EU Member States to alcohol consumption, non-directive nutrition information (e.g. alcohol gram content in the nutrition declaration) may be most politically feasible and suitable to accommodate this diversity in the EU context.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event7th Law and Economics Conference in Lucerne on “New Developments in Competition Law and Economics - Lucern, Switzerland
Duration: 13 Apr 201914 Apr 2019

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Conference7th Law and Economics Conference in Lucerne on “New Developments in Competition Law and Economics
CountrySwitzerland
Period13/04/1914/04/19

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Schebesta, H., Purnhagen, K., & Hieke, S. (2019). Nutrition labelling on alcoholic beverages: A behavioural law and economics study on mandatory alcohol labelling. Paper presented at 7th Law and Economics Conference in Lucerne on “New Developments in Competition Law and Economics, Switzerland.
Schebesta, H. ; Purnhagen, K. ; Hieke, Sophie. / Nutrition labelling on alcoholic beverages : A behavioural law and economics study on mandatory alcohol labelling. Paper presented at 7th Law and Economics Conference in Lucerne on “New Developments in Competition Law and Economics, Switzerland.
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Schebesta, H, Purnhagen, K & Hieke, S 2019, 'Nutrition labelling on alcoholic beverages: A behavioural law and economics study on mandatory alcohol labelling' Paper presented at 7th Law and Economics Conference in Lucerne on “New Developments in Competition Law and Economics, Switzerland, 13/04/19 - 14/04/19, .

Nutrition labelling on alcoholic beverages : A behavioural law and economics study on mandatory alcohol labelling. / Schebesta, H.; Purnhagen, K.; Hieke, Sophie.

2019. Paper presented at 7th Law and Economics Conference in Lucerne on “New Developments in Competition Law and Economics, Switzerland.

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Schebesta H, Purnhagen K, Hieke S. Nutrition labelling on alcoholic beverages: A behavioural law and economics study on mandatory alcohol labelling. 2019. Paper presented at 7th Law and Economics Conference in Lucerne on “New Developments in Competition Law and Economics, Switzerland.