Alcoholic drinks prices continued to increase in Uzbekistan during 2018 due to higher excise rates for domestically produced drinks, with the Ministry of Finance and the State Tax Committee setting new minimum wholesale and retail prices for alcohol products. During the previous year, the same changes were applied to imported drinks.
In 2018, legislative measures were taken in preparation for a fundamental change in the system of control and regulation of alcoholic beverages, as well as the development of viticulture and winemaking. In particular, the government will soon establish the Viticulture Development Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture and the Inspectorate for Regulation of the Alcohol and Tobacco Market under the Ministry of Finance.
In Uzbekistan, the protectionist policy of supporting domestic producers continues, mostly through annual increases in excise taxes on imported alcohol drinks. Nevertheless, leading alcohol categories such as rum, gin, whiskies, and tequila are represented exclusively by imported brands, which are mainly sold by large retail networks like Legion and Lavini, as well as restaurants and expensive cafés.
The only off-trade distribution channels for alcoholic drinks in Uzbekistan are alcoholic drinks specialists, although some independent small grocers also sell alcoholic drinks “under the counter”. The leading alcoholic drinks retailer is the chained specialist Legion.
Over the forecast period, sales of domestically produced beer and wine are expected to be boosted by a likely relaxing of advertising restrictions. In addition, new winemaking and wine production regulations are also expected to continue to support growth.
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