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Exemptions

Exemptions

A typical beer label demonstrating that e.g. ingredients list, nutrition labelling are absent

Beverages which have an alcohol by volume above 1.2% have to be marked with their alcoholic strength under the FIC or specific wine legislation. Otherwise, such beverages enjoy some exemptions from the usual FIC labelling requirements.

Nutrition labelling and ingredient listing

No nutrition information need be given for alcoholic drinks. Where given voluntarily, it can comprise energy value alone, or the full nutrition declaration (energy value plus amounts of fat, saturates, carbohydrate, sugars, protein and salt).

For the purposes of nutrition labelling of alcoholic drinks, energy conversion factors of 29kJ/g and 7kcal/g must be used for alcohol (ethanol).

Ingredient listing is not required for alcoholic drinks in the UK.

Date of minimum durability

Many alcoholic drinks are exempt from the need to indicate a date of minimum durability. These are:

  • Wines, liqueur wines, sparkling wines, aromatised wines.
  • Products similar to the above but made from fruit other than grapes.
  • Fermented beverages other than the above, which have been obtained from grapes or grape musts.
  • Any other beverages containing 10% or more by volume of alcohol.