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Case survey on beer price hikes rankles Kopitiam

Beef includes data that's outdated, unfair comparisons

Published Wed, Mar 12, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[SINGAPORE] The Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) yesterday released a beer price hike survey that riled food centre operator Kopitiam so much that a long-drawn e-mail exchange ensued.

Case had said, from its survey using mystery shoppers, that a Serangoon North Kopitiam outlet sold a big bottle of Tiger beer at $1.30 more following the 25 per cent hike in excise duties for liquor. A sister outlet in Simei charged $1.20 more.

The outlets were top of Case's survey list of 11, all of which were subjects of consumer complaints over stiff price hikes. Six others also raised their prices by more than 41 cents, the amount calculated by the Ministry of Finance as fully passing on the duty hike.

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