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Indonesia’s rich and complex independent alcohol industry

Almer Mikhail and Titah AW Jakarta Post Thu, March 11 2021

Bandung/Yogyakarta – Last week saw the controversy around Indonesia’s alcohol investment plan brewing in the public sphere, with a revocation of three provisions of the third appendix of Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 10/2021 by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

The debates that sprung up from the more conservative factions and those who support the provisions revolve around cultural norms, the potentially negative impacts of alcohol, its potential to open up job opportunities and regulating an uncharted market.

Yet there hasn’t been much talk about the many independent breweries springing up around the country, selling their small-produced liquors through independent channels without any clear regulation.

If regulated, these producers could grow to be an important part of Indonesia’s economy, but for now, they remain underground as passion projects.

SOURCE – Jakarta Post Thu, Indonesia March 11 2021

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