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26th April 2024

UK-wide deposit return scheme welcomed as way to protect choice of good beer and cider for consumers: CAMRA

Commenting on the joint announcement from the UK and devolved governments that a UK-wide deposit return scheme is set to be introduced from October 2027, CAMRA Chief Executive Tom Stainer said:

“The UK, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments working together on a deposit return scheme is good news for the environment and for consumer choice.

“CAMRA supports a deposit return scheme, but having four different schemes with different rules, paperwork and labelling needed for each nation risked a catastrophic reduction in choice for consumers of quality beer and cider from small and independent businesses who wouldn’t be able to take part in four different systems and produce four different sets of labels for each beer or cider they make.

“Today’s announcement of an easy-to-understand scheme that works seamlessly across borders with one set of rules, labels and deposit levels is a good one.

“We now want to make sure sufficient help is offered for small and independent breweries and cider producers to participate in the new deposit return scheme so they can afford to keep selling their products to all parts of the UK, providing consumers with a choice of distinctive and quality products.”


About CAMRA:

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 150,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

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