Gastronomy Rejects New Beverage Tax

CompaniesRetail & Consumer ♦ Published: March 9, 2011; 00:18 ♦ (Vindobona)

Austria's restaurateurs and brewers fear an "attack on tourism and restaurant culture."

Gastronomy Rejects New Beverage Tax / Picture: ©

The Austrian brewing industry rejects sharply the recent proposal of individual municipalities and cities, to improve their difficult financial situation by means of a special tax to be levied on alcoholic drinks, making these by about 15% more expensive in restaurants.

"Gastronomic businesses and consumers cannot be burdened by a further tax. This is an attack on…