Daily Archive: February 27, 2014
After the recent introduction of two new bills in the Florida legislature that would allow spirits to be sold alongside wine and beer in supermarkets and retail stores, Florida’s independent retailers are seeing the move as a call to arms. The two new proposals, in the Senate (SB804) and the House of Representatives (HB877), are being supported by Walmart and opposed by the Florida Independent Spirits Association, as Shanken News Daily reported on January 21. Committee chairmen in both chambers will soon decide whether these bills will receive hearings.
Charles Bailes, Chairman and CEO of the 142-unit ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Florida’s largest independent beverage alcohol retailer, views these bills not only as threatening to small independent retailers in Florida, but also to the control of underage drinking. He recently spoke to Shanken News Daily about this issue. Continue reading →Posted in News on February 27, 2014
•With only two weeks left in Washington’s legislative session, state lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at lowering spirits sales taxes from 20.5% to 6.5% over an eight-year period. Continue reading →Posted in News on February 27, 2014
•Oklahoma City-based Mustang Brewing Co. is launching a trio of new brews this spring. Continue reading →Posted in News on February 27, 2014