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BWS, Dan Murphy's boycott Russian vodka over Ukraine invasion

Dan Murphy's bottle shop shopping cart left and Russian vodka right.
Russian vodka will be swept of shelves in BWS, Dan Murphy's and other bottle shops in coming days. (Source: Reuters, Getty)

Major alcohol outlets BWS and Dan Murphy's will pull Russian vodka and other booze made in the country from shelves in response to the Ukraine invasion.

The parent company of the major bottle shop brands, Endeavour Group, has confirmed the boycott.

A spokesperson said the decision was based on feedback from “a variety of stakeholders”.

"As an organisation, Endeavour Group is deeply concerned with the situation in Ukraine and we join the calls for peace,” the spokesperson said.

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All products of Russian origin will be removed from the company’s stores, hotels and online businesses in the coming days.

Endeavour Group also owns popular alcohol-delivery service Jimmy Brings, wine-subscription service Cellarmasters, online wine business Langtons, drinks brand Pinnacle Drinks and logistics business Shorty’s Liquor.

It also owns a portfolio of more than 300 hotels and venues under the banner of ALH Hotels.

The company assured that it would do what it could to minimise disruptions to supply chains and customer experience caused by the decision.

Vodka bans spread around the world

Bottle shops around the world are also taking a stand against Russia’s attacks on Ukraine.

Local businesses in the US and Canada have also reportedly pulled Russian vodka and other Russian products from their shelves, with some even pouring the spirits down the drain.

Officials in parts of the US and Canada have even ordered bottle shop owners to remove Russian products, including in Ohio, Utah and New Hampshire.

The boycotts have been labelled a “symbolic gesture” by some, given Russian vodka only makes up a small percentage of annual vodka sales, with less than 1 per cent of vodka consumed in America made in Russia.

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