Stores face crackdown over sale of cheap liquor

 In Aldi, Australia, Coles, Metcash/IGA, NewZealand, Woolworths

THE main supermarket chains have been warned that selling alcohol too cheaply may affect their chances of getting new bottle-shop licences approved, in a crackdown by NSW authorities.

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The Casino, Liquor and Gaming Control Authority has written to Woolworths, Coles and Aldi asking for more information about alcohol pricing before it determines their applications for 17 new bottle-shop licences.

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It has also asked the supermarkets to comment on the weighting it should give to alcohol pricing when assessing new bottle-shop licence applications.

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