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Florida Legislature Passes So-Called “Whiskey And Wheaties” Bill

April 27, 2017

The Florida state legislature has approved SB 106, also known as the “Whiskey And Wheaties” bill, which aims to allow grocery stores, big-box retailers and other accounts to sell spirits alongside other consumer products. Currently, grocers and big-box retailers are required to sell spirits in an adjacent store, separated by a wall. The bill’s passage marks a setback for Florida’s independent spirits retailers, who say the move will harm their businesses and result in more underage drinking.

The Distilled Spirits Council, in partnership with Florida’s congressional leadership, is now working to get SB 106 to Governor Rick Scott’s desk before the 2017 session ends on May 5. Once it reaches his desk, Scott will have seven days to sign or veto the bill. If passed, Florida will be the 28th state to allow liquor to be sold alongside wine and beer in groceries. —Christina Jelski

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