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Kerala’s High Court agrees with spirits ban

The High Court in the Indian state of Kerala has upheld a ban on bars and hotels serving spirits.

Only 24 five-star hotels will be legally allowed to serve Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL), after the state’s High Court agreed with a government policy introduced last year. The UDF Government in Kerala, on India’s southwest peninsula, made a move to outlaw alcohol in the state last August.

However, in December Kerala’s chief minister said some measures would be eased after a legal challenge from bar and hotel owners.

In the most recent ruling, the High Court also allowed the reopening of 418 closed bars to operate as beer and wine parlours. Around half of these have already started operating under the fresh licence and the rest are preparing to appeal the case at the Supreme Court.

Amrut Distilleries, the Bangalore based spirits company which has 6%-7% market share in Kerala, told just-drinks it is expecting to lose out on at least one lakh cases per month of sales, mostly from rum and brandy.

The news originally appeared on http://www.just-drinks.com.


About Rojita Tiwari

Drinks & Destinations is all about news, views, podcast, and stories from the world of drinks, travel, and hospitality…served just the way you like it. Rojita Tiwari is an independent writer, trainer, and consultant in the fields of wine & spirits, travel & hospitality. She is a WSET Level 3 certified professional and listed twice (2013 and 2015) as one of the TOP TEN WOMEN OF WINE IN INDIA by the Indian Wine Academy. With 14 years of experience of working for several publications including a decade-long experience of heading the editorial of a leading alco bev magazine, now she is mostly busy- tasting, traveling, writing, training and educating people about the wonderful world of wine & spirits. She also hosts India's first podcast on drinks and travel - The Drinks & Destinations Podcast. Tweet @rojitatiwari or connect with her on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com Cheers & Happy Reading!


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