Managing director of the wine industry body Vinpro, Rico Basson. Picture:Supplied
Managing director of the wine industry body Vinpro, Rico Basson. Picture:Supplied

SA wine industry promotes sober drinking habits through new code

By ANA Reporter Time of article published Jan 31, 2020

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JOHANNESBURG - The South African wine industry on Friday announced that it has joined other liquor industries in introducing a new code that will serve as a guideline for responsible marketing of alcoholic products. 

The group launched the Code for Commercial Communications under the auspices of Aware.org, with the aim to provide clear guidelines for the responsible marketing of wine and other liquor products.

"The wine industry supports the code wholeheartedly," said managing director of Vinpro, Rico Basson.

"We understand the necessity of self-regulation in an environment in which the misuse of our products can have far-reaching negative effects. By adhering to the code, each cellar, retailer and marketing agency takes ownership and commits to being more mindful of the way in which we present our products to the general public."

Basson said that the code was the outcome of a two year consultation process between the alcohol sector and various national departments amidst proposed legislation that aims to restrict the marketing of liquor products.

Guidelines in the code include the prohibition of billboards within 500 m of schools, places of worship or community centres; age verification for users to gain access to websites, and clear responsible messaging on brands’ social media platforms. It also includes restrictions on the times and way in which alcohol is advertised on the radio, television and in movie theatres.

"It is crucial that everyone in our industry implements the Code. Vinpro is already in discussion with our members to ensure its implementation," said Basson.

The Aware.org Vinpro Foundation Wine Project provides social worker support to more than ten wine industry communities.  

Chief executive officer of Aware.org Ingrid Louw, said the code has not been introduced to wag a finger at the industry. 

However, it presents an opportunity for the respective industries to work collectively on conveying a message about their products that is strategic, creative and responsible, whether on television, radio, billboards or in digital media.

- African News Agency (ANA) 

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