We admit to having a chuckle at the news that French winemakers are getting Gallic French knickers in a twist over the Tour de France organisers striking a deal to promote a Chilean wine at its 2016 event.
Talk is cheap
There is a move in the UK to introduce a minimum unit price of 50 pence on high-alcohol cheap drinks: RTDs etc. The Australian experience showed the strategy doesn’t work. The UK argument is that alcohol is about 54 per cent more affordable then it was in 1980. One pound in 1980, with inflation on average 3.9 per cent, would be £3.86 now. Alcohol may be cheaper, but UK taxation is much higher. Look at these tax figures on a pint of beer:
- Finland: 72p
- UK: 52p, second highest in Europe
- Germany, Spain, Bulgaria and Luxembourg: 4p
The Brits pay 40 per cent of all the beer tax collected in the EU, but consume just 12 per cent of all the beer drunk.
Livering the dream
Southampton University (UK) has come out with good news for those of us who love both wine and coffee. The university has concluded antioxidants found in coffee help with reducing inflammation and repairing damaged liver cells.
Protein in a pint
Musclefood.com (http://www.musclefood.com/) is an UK online health store aimed at consumers who are into fitness and healthy living. It is about to launch a beer that is 3.6 per cent and contains 21.8g of protein. The blub says it has:
- 33 per cent fewer calories than a regular brew
- 85 per cent fewer carbs – 1.65g per 330ml
- 95 per cent more protein – 21.8g per 330ml
It’s not cheap at £13 ($25.28) for a six-pack of 330ml bottles.