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CCPC warns pubs on transparent price list

29 Apr 2024 / regulation Print

CCPC warns pubs on transparent price lists

The consumer-protection watchdog has reminded pub owners across the country that they must obey laws on displaying prices.

The warning came in a letter from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) sent to the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland and the Licensed Vintners Association last week.

The commission said that all licensed premises must post an up-to-date list of drink prices at the door, and full price lists indoors everywhere drinks are sold.

Its letter stated that consumers must have the opportunity to understand and compare prices in the hospitality sector.

Clear displays’ essential’

The move follows inspections in 2023 that resulted in fines being issued to several licensed premises.

Kevin O’Brien (CCPC member) said that clear price displays were essential to allow consumers to compare prices and make informed decisions about their purchases.

“Businesses are free to set their own prices, but they must be honest and transparent with consumers about those prices. Displaying a price list at the door is the bare minimum, and it’s required by law,” he said.

Under Irish law, it is mandatory for all licensed premises to display two price lists:

  • Comprehensive price list of all drinks on sale, which should be on display in each area where drinks are sold, and
  • A 16-item list detailing the prices of specified drinks, which must be displayed at every entrance to the premises.
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