Fabian Demicoli

The abrupt implementation of Legal Notice 158/98

The Hospitality and Leisure Division of GRTU – Malta Chamber of Small and
Medium Enterprises – representing Bars, Nightclubs, Discotheques and other
places of entertainment, together with beverage distributors, in a statement
issued today, has voiced its concern regarding the abrupt implementation of
Legal Notice 158/98, whereby thousands of energy drinks type beverages have been
elevated from respective distributors’ stores earlier this week.


The GRTU
concern lies with such action being taken at the peak of the summer season, one
week before the feast of Santa Maria which is the epitome of commercial activity
for the traders, which the Hospitality and Leisure Division
represents.

The action, taken 6 years after the coming into force of the
said Legal Notice will have a substantial, negative impact on the profitability
of the commercial establishments represented by the GRTU, since the beverage
concerned is one of the most popular products sold in the summer months due to
heightened activity by consumers.

 

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