EU, from 2020 it is mandatory to indicate the calories on the labels of spirits.

The European Union has ratified it with an agreement signed together with Spirits Europe, the European organisation of spirits producers.

10 June 2019

From 2020, certain nutritional information, such as calories and raw materials used, will have to be indicated on the labels of spirits products. The labels for spirits will not change immediately, as all producers need to adapt. Initially, this will happen in 1 in 4 bottles placed on the EU market by the end of 2020. The share will rise to 50% and 66% by the end of 2021 and 2022 respectively. 

Labels will provide information on energy per glass and per 100 millilitres, as is already the case with soft drinks. 

The agreement is the result of a negotiation period of 14 months. In fact, the current rules on the labelling of alcohol are linked to European Regulation 1169/2011, which excludes products such as beer, wine, aperitifs and spirits from the obligation to indicate calories and ingredients. The European Commission has stressed the importance of updating the legislation on information labels. In March 2018, a proposal for a first agreement on the labelling of spirits was reached, leaving ample room for initiatives by individual states and private individuals. Now, almost 10 years after the publication of the regulation, consumers will have more transparency thanks to this agreement and will be able to read the nutritional information of alcohol on labels.

For greater transparency, an online database will also be set up, which everyone will be able to consult.


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