Mrs Josephine Osei of Akwamoka Enterprise in Nungua said the industry experienced price increments in the cause of the year due to inflation and higher utility tariffs, adding that within the Christmas and New Year period, there had being no increment in the prices of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
She said compared to December 2012 festivity period, this
years prices were on the higher side.
She said in December 2012, her outfit was selling a carton of coca cola at GHâµ28.00 but the same is now being sold at GHâµ33.00.A carton of Malta Guinness was GHâµ30.00 but now selling at GHâµ45.00.
She said a bottle of Heinekem was GHâµ2.00 in 2012 but now GHâµ3.00. Red label, Black label and Jack Daniel wines which were sold at GHâµ35.00, GHâµ60.00 and GHâµ50.00 respectively last year, are now being sold for GHâµ50.00, GHâµ80.00 and GHâµ80.00 respectively.
Mrs Osei said that patronage was very low and appealed to government to address the high inflation rate because it was affecting business.
Madam Doris Okai of Laguna Enterprise told the GNA that within the Christmas festivities, prices of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic products in her store had not changed.
She however, said a bottle of Joy Dadi which used to sell at GHâµ4.60 was now selling at GHâµ5.00.
Madam Magdalene Amankwah of Adom Stores in Nungua said patronage was low and that there was no need for price increments.
A dealer in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic products in Nungua who chose to remain anonymous also admitted that there were no price changes within the period.
A trader at the Makola Market in Accra said she had to maintain the old prices of drinks to be able to attract more customers.
She said a crate of large beer bottles costs GHÂ˘31.50 while that of the smaller bottles are sold for GHÂ˘45.00.
She said a pack of totapack drinks goes for GHÂ˘25.00 whereas a pack of 33ml can malt costs GHÂ˘48.00.
She said alcoholic champagnes was selling at GHÂ˘8.00 and GHÂ˘9.00 while non-alcoholic champagnes cost GHÂ˘6.00 and GHÂ˘7.00.
Another trader at the Old Tema Station said she had increased the prices of some of her beverages a bit because of the festive occasions.
She said she sells a pack of Guinness at GHÂ˘15.00, a pack of the bigger size of plastic Coca-Cola at the price of GHÂ˘20.00, a pack of Magic Malt for GHÂ˘10.00 and a bottle of Sangria wine also goes for GHÂ˘15.00.
At Ashongman Estates Mr Alex Gyamfi of Lollipop Pub said a crate of Guinness used to sell at GHâµ39.50 but is now going for GHâµ44.00 while a bottle goes for GHâµ3.00.
He said Smirnoff Ice crate was also selling at GHC 28.00 but it now sells at GHâµ35.00 with a bottles also being sold for GHâµ3.00.
However, Mrs Valarie Otoo of VaMax Mart says prizes of soft drinks increased earlier about two months ago hence making Ceres which used to sell at GHâµ5.50 now stands at GHâµ6.00.
She said Don Simon had increased from GHâµ3.50 to GHâµ4.00, whereas alcoholic Don Simon goes for GHâµ4.50 from the initial prize of GHâµ4.00.
She observed that a bottle of non-alcoholic wine was being sold at GHâµ7.50 with no increment as at now.
Coca-Cola 1.5 liter has now increased from GHâµ3.00 to GHâµ3.50 while the 500ml stands at1.80pessewas when it used to sell at GHâµ1.60 respectively, she added.