It may be the moment thousands of al fresco tipplers have been waiting for…Buckfast in cans.
The firm behind the controversial tonic wine – which has been blamed for fuelling anti-social behaviour and violence – yesterday announced they are launching the £2.90 tins in time for the barbecue season.
They said the 25cl cans will also help the Government’s anti-booze drive after public health minister Michael Matheson asked for pubs to sell smaller measures.
If the initial production run of 16,000 cans is successful, it will become a permanent fixture alongside the 75cl glass bottle, which sells for around £7.
Stewart Wilson, sales manager for Buckfast’s distribution company J. Chandler, said: “The reason why we wanted to bring out a can is firstly we get asked quite regularly to bring out Buckfast in different shapes and sizes and it’s something we have looked at but never really considered at any great length.
“The public health minister for Scotland called on businesses to promote responsible consumption of alcohol and make smaller measures of wine available to consumers in January.
“That’s when we decided we should look at bringing Buckfast out in a smaller unit.”
The wine has been blamed for violence, particularly in Lanarkshire, where most bottles are sold, but the company deny Buckfast is any more to blame than other drinks.
Politicians have urged the firm to reduce the caffeine levels in the drink. It is claimed that one bottle of Buckfast contains about 280mg of caffeine, the equivalent of eight cans of Coke, as well as 15 per cent alcohol by volume.
Labour have proposed limiting the caffeine limit in all alcoholic drinks at 150mg. That would render the wine illegal in its current form.
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• Buckfast Tonic Wine is made by the Roman Catholic Community of Benedictine monks at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, and distributed by J. Chandler & Co (Buckfast) Ltd of Andover. Mention of the wine was removed from the Abbey’s website at some point after July 2011.