Liquor prices go up

Liquor prices go up

 Liquor prices have gone up in the state with the increase in various slabs of additional excise duty, announced in the state budget proposals for 2017-18, coming into effect.

While lower-end brands have started to cost more by 6%, the effective hike ranges between 15 and 21% for high-end brands. The liquor companies are sending their new rate charts to Karnataka State Beverages Corporation through the Excise Department. The least hike is Rs 2.59 for a 180 ml bottle.

The hike on brands Raja Whiskey, Original Choice, Silver Cup, Haywards, which account for around 65% of total liquor sales in the state, is Rs 3.19 (180 ml bottle).

Brands like Khoday’s Rum, Old Tavern Whiskey are costing more by Rs 6.37 for a 180 ml bottle. For premium spirits which fall in the 17th slab, the hike is steep, starting from Rs 400 onwards.