The quota for the share of Czech food in large stores would be a problem for domestic winemakers, but according to the first analyzes of the Association of Winemakers, it does not apply to wine. The president of the union, Tibor Nyitray, said so.
The amendment to the Food Act, which introduces the obligation to gradually sell up to 73 percent of food of Czech origin in shops over 400 square meters, was approved by the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday. From next year, the mandatory minimum quota should be 55 percent, and 73 percent should be reached in 2028. Now the draft amendment will be considered by the Senate, which will probably reject quotas for Czech food in stores. In that case, Members would vote on the draft again.
The novel caused a stir among winemakers. The planting of new vineyards in the Czech Republic is subject to quotas set by the EU; for example, this year it was allowed on 181 hectares. “The Czechia is far from self-sufficient in grape production. Moravian and Czech vineyards cover domestic wine consumption by a maximum of one third, but also in less years in poor years of harvest. Even with the best of intentions, it is not possible “said Ondřej Beránek, President of the Wine Union of the Czech Republic, on Wednesday.
Due to the responses of winemakers, on Thursday the representatives of the Association of Winemakers discussed the amendment of the law in detail and consulted it with lawyers. “According to our analyzes, the imposed quotas apply to so-called short supply chain foods, which are also listed in the annex.
Representatives of the winegrowers point out that if quotas on the sale of wine were to apply, it could mean an increase in the price of the consumer. At present, domestic production accounts for about a quarter of the wine sold in retail chains. If there had to be 55 percent of them from next year, as the quota stipulates, it would mean less wine in the shops, because winemakers would not be able to increase their production so quickly.
“At the same time, the customer would not have the same selection of wine in the stores as he has today. The diversity of the offer would be lost,” said Ladislava Antálková, Vinium Velké Pavlovice’s sales director.
Source: Tyden.cz by www.tyden.cz.
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