Make mine a two-thirds please, landlord: Drinkers able to order new pint size under new proposals
Drinkers could soon be able to order two thirds of a pint under new proposals to change measures for food and drink, it was announced today.
The proposals aim to give consumers more choice by introducing new measures for alcohol and lifting restrictions on the sizes of some types of food, the National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML) said.
The consultation will consider introducing two-thirds of a pint of draught beer or cider alongside the current pint, half pint and third of a pint - a legal measure that has fallen out of common usage.
The beer and pub trade has called for the new measure to allow greater flexibility in serving draught beers, especially those with a higher alcohol content, the NWML said.
Other proposals include allowing pubs and bars to serve glasses of wine measuring less than 75ml for tasting and sampling.
Unwrapped bread could also be sold in any size to give producers and consumers more choice.
The alcohol proposals are separate to new EU regulations that will relax rules on the sizes of pre-packaged goods from April next year.
An NWML spokesman said: 'The proposals on food packaging published for consultation today are aimed at boosting consumer choice while giving more freedom to UK businesses to both respond to the demands of customers and compete on a level playing field.
'We are also consulting over specific proposals from the pub and restaurant industries on the introduction of new measures for alcohol including smaller measures of wine for sampling and tasting and a new imperial measure for draught beer and cider of two-thirds of a pint.'
The consultation will run until January.
# Daily Mail
# October 24, 2008