The Association of Sparkling Wine Producers appealed to Finance Minister Anton Siluanov with a proposal to revise the MRC for sparkling and champagne wines in 2022. Izvestia got acquainted with the letter.
Champagne are sure: drinks in a 0.75 liter bottle should cost at least 199 rubles in retail, 140 rubles – when purchased from factories.
Now the MRC for sparkling wines is 169 rubles. For factories, the minimum cost is 118 rubles per bottle. But these parameters need to be urgently updated, we are sure of the association.
The fact is that since January 1, the excise tax on sparkling wine has been increased, moreover, the cost of production has already increased. Conscientious producers cannot meet the current price minimums, making drinks in compliance with the technologies for the production of real sparkling wine, the letter says. And retail chains during negotiations demand to provide them with products at the current minimum prices. In such a situation, there is a serious risk that a cheaper counterfeit product that can be hazardous to health will end up on the shelves, the authors of the letter said.
The Ministry of Finance has not yet received an appeal from the association, the department told Izvestia. The letter will be considered in the prescribed manner after receiving it.
The issue of raising the minimum price for sparkling wine can be legitimately discussed by calculating the cost of making the drink, Dmitry Kiselev, executive secretary of the Federal Self-Regulatory Organization of Winegrowers and Winemakers, told Izvestia. He stressed that the minimum price for Russian champagne cannot be less than 250 rubles.
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