Tipplers forming long queues at Indian liquor stores failed to bring respite for the beer industry as volume sales fell sharply in several states in the first two weeks after reopening of outlets.
“The Cabinet has approved the Uttar Pradesh Excise (Settlement of Licenses for Premium Retail Vends of Foreign Liquor) Rules, 2020, paving the way for sale of certain categories of liquors in malls within the state,” Excise Department ‘s Principal Secretary Sanjay R Bhoosreddy said in a statement here.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday allowed home delivery of liquor in Mumbai, except in containment zones. But over-the-counter sale of liquor will not be allowed yet, it said. "E-commerce platforms may be utilised by the liquor shops permitted to do home delivery," said the BMC order.
Liquor sale was earlier completely banned in the city, which is worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Food delivery app Swiggy has started doorstep delivery of alcohol in Jharkhand, while rival Zomato told ET that it plans to launch the service on Friday.
Though listed companies United Spirits and Radico have not announced their quarterly earnings yet, the country's second biggest spirits firm Pernod Ricard posted a 1% sales increase in the nine months ended March.
Conditions of showing Aadhaar card and rationing the number of bottles too have been eased. Further, the apex court issued notices to the petitioners on whose plea the Madras High Court had banned sale of liquor at shops.
Currently, Sikka is working out supply logistics to sell 10,000 litres of existing stock of consumable craft beer “Buyers can also bring their own glass, ceramic or stainless steel containers to the venue,” added Sikka.
"Due to the lockdown, all the major revenue sources of the state have been affected. There was a huge fall in revenues. In this case, an attempt is being made to find a new source of income," CM Pinarayi Vijayan said.
After Punjab mooted the proposal for home delivery of alcohol and West Bengal and Chhattisgarh started implementing it, many states are exploring the option of home delivery.
Swiggy is in talks with several state governments to seek permission for home delivery of alcohol from local licensed retailers, a top executive has said.
The Maharashtra government has allowed home delivery of alcohol to those who have a permit to consume it, but added several strict conditions. Guidelines issued by the state home department on Tuesday said the home delivery should be carried out by liquor shops to only those who have a permit. ET's Krishna Thevar brings you all the details. (Text: ET Bureau)
The Maharashtra government has allowed home delivery of alcohol to those who have a permit to consume it, but added several strict conditions.Guidelines issued by the government on Tuesday said the home delivery should be carried out by liquor shops to only those who have a permit. There were more conditions: the shop should designate a person for home delivery ; and that the person doing the home delivery should do a health check up to ensure he is not infected with the coronavirus.
The Maharashtra government on Tuesday issued guidelines to allow home delivery of alcohol.
Restaurants and hotels, which are sitting on a liquor stockpile of around Rs 3,000 crore, are asking state governments to allow them to sell the stock lying with them due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
The Supreme Court had on May 8 asked states to consider non-direct contact or online sales and home delivery of liquor during the lockdown period to prevent the spread of coronavirus on account of crowding at the shops.
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