Bow to Buddha
The Thai Government is asking people to refrain from drinking alcohol during Vassa, which is often referred to as the Buddhist Lent period. Vassa lasts for three lunar months, usually from July to October.
There’s more than religion behind this. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, a government spokesman, was reported in the Thai Visa News on July 18 saying “the Government is aiming to solve unlicensed alcohol distilleries, review the taxation and reassess the environmental impact with a focus on community-based distilleries where unlabelled alcoholic beverages might be produced and possibly be harmful to consumers”.
The reality is it’s a crackdown on moonshine. Apparently there are about 220 local distilleries out of a total of about 2900 nationwide that are on a government watch list.
A southern French winemaker has been nicked and fined €97,000 ($141,187) for selling 30,000 hectolitres of Spanish wine as French vin de table, according to a report in Decanter (online) on July 14.
Very naughty, especially as southern French wine can be obtained at very reasonable prices. But greed is at the root of it. Reports say he bought the Spanish wine for about €25-€35 per hectolitre and sold it for double the price.
Competition hotting up
Coles and Woolworths are long-time rivals, and now with Aldi on the scene stirring up the supermarket, the competition is hotting up. Coles, via its First Choice stores, is offering a revamped home delivery service. A flat rate fee of $6.95 will be charged for:
- Same-day deliveries ordered by midday to be delivered by 5pm
- Evening orders submitted before 2pm to be delivered between 5pm and 9pm on weekdays
- Saturday deliveries ordered by midnight on Friday to be delivered between 9am and 5pm