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CAMRA To Challenge Office Of Fair Trading over Beer Pricing

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CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale in the UK, has announced that it will challenge to the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) decision to reject its super-complaint on anti-competitive practices in the UK pub market.

The organisation, which has over 107,000 members, published its super-complaint titled A Fair Share for the Consumer earlier this year. It said that a reform of beer tie arrangements is required so that tied publicans can buy beer at lower wholesale prices.

CAMRA is appealing the OFT’s rejection of the super-complaint and is urging consumers to visit its website and contribute to the Consumers v OFT Pub Market Ruling Campaign Fund.

Bob Young, a former member of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, said: “The OFT has not seriously considered whether there is fair competition at a local level which ensures that consumers, or pub landlords for that matter, get the best deal.”

He said that this is the “critical shortcoming” in the OFT’s response to the organisation.

Earlier this month, CAMRA announced it had written to the chancellor, Alistair Darling, asking him to increase the duty on spirits in order to reduce beer duty.

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