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Twenty-One Beverage Licensees Honored at ABL Conference

Twenty-one beverage licensees were recognized for their success in and dedication to the retail beverage alcohol industry with 2014 Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year awards presented at the  American Beverage Licensees (ABL) Annual Conference in Washington, DC earlier this month.  ABL President Harry Klock and Marc Satterthwaite, Brown-Forman’s Vice President & Director of Sales Operations […]

Kieran Folliard of 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey addresses conference attendees at the 2 Gingers-sponsored breakfast.

America’s Beer, Wine & Spirits Retailers Meet in Washington

American Beverage Licensees gathered in the nation’s capital June 8-10 to meet with their colleagues in the retail tier, Congressional Members, public officials, and industry leaders, and to learn from national experts on alcohol policy and business at the ABL Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The conference opened on Sunday, June 8th with three sessions on […]

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Beverage Licensees Celebrate Tavern Month This May

America’s Beer Wine & Spirits Retailers are toasting bar and tavern owners as American Beverage Licensees celebrates Tavern Month this May. For more than 60 years, local beverage licensees have upheld the longstanding traditions and culture of the American taverns and bars where friends and neighbors celebrate their lives and make memories. “We take time […]

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Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker’s Mark Named 2014 ABL Top Shelf Honoree

Bethesda, MD – April 7, 2014 – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) is proud to announce that it will honor Bill Samuels, Jr. with the 2014 ABL Top Shelf Award.  As the Chairman Emeritus of Maker’s Mark, Mr. Samuels has overseen the brand’s tremendous growth over his forty-year career, while serving as a leader of many […]

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Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania Joins American Beverage Licensees

Off-Premise Retail Group in the Keystone State Become 35th ABL Affiliate Bethesda, MD – March 28, 2014 – The Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania (MBDA) has joined American Beverage Licensees, the leading national trade association for independent beer, wine and spirits retailers, as an affiliate member.  MBDA becomes ABL’s 35th affiliate member association, representing […]

Century Council to Change Name & Web Address

From Ralph Blackman, President & CEO, The Century Council: I have some exciting news to share! I wanted you to be one of the first to know that The Century Council will become the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, aligned with the start of Alcohol Awareness Month. Over the […]

8th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Southern Wine and Spirits case

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the wholesaler residency requirement in Missouri.  This opinion reads Granholm as affirming a State’s 21st Amendment authority to require residency, and affirms that the 21st Amendment gives States great authority to structure their distribution systems where a State is not discriminating against an out of state product or […]

Crown Imports and The V Foundation “Team Up To Find A Cure”

Jim Sabia, chief marketing officer for Crown Imports, James Ryan, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Crown Imports, and (R-L) Bruce Jacobson, executive vice president of national sales for Crown Imports, present Larry Lane, vice president of corporate and market development for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, with a $600,000 check as part […]

Statements on NTSB Recommendation to Lower the BAC to .05

Statements American Beverage Institute Washington, D.C.—Today the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officially recommended that policymakers lower the legal threshold for drunk driving from 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.05 percent as part of its “Safety Report on Eliminating Impaired Driving.” The American Beverage Institute (ABI), a restaurant trade association with over 8,000 […]

New York State Liquor Store Association Selects Statewide Leadership for 2013

Albany– The New York State Liquor Store Association has elected its Leadership Team for the 2013 Membership Year.  The following individuals were elected to serve: Thomas Edwards, Owner of Fox and Hound Wine & Spirits in New Paltz, was elected President. Steve Carpenter, Owner of the Liquor & Wine Warehouse in Plattsburgh, was elected Vice […]

Affordable Care Act – Delay of Medium-Size Employer Mandate Until 2016

On February 10, 2014, the Obama administration announced that it will delay the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that medium-size employers with 50-99 employees provide health insurance or face penalties.  These midsize employers will now have until January 2016 to comply with the ACA’s provisions, potentially providing them with more flexibility in […]

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2013 Restaurant Sustainability Report, National Restaurant Association Green Restaurant Association: 2013 Product Guide U.S. Green Retail Association Setting SMART Goals Worksheet: California Sustainability Alliance

Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform Lowered Prices

  Study Finds Cutting Debit Fees Put $5.8 Billion in Consumers’ Hands in 2012 & Supported the Creation of 37,501 New Jobs Annually   Washington, DC- A new economic report released today by the Merchants Payments Coalition shows that debit card swipe fee reform saved consumers and merchants billions of dollars in 2012, as anticipated […]

The Banks Who Cried Wolf: Latest Bank Fee Survey Shows Consumer Fees Not Related to Swipe Fees

MPC press release via Pymnts.com Contrary to the litany of industry arguments, the monthly service fees banks charge consumers are in fact not related to debit swipe fees, said the Merchants Payments Coalition (MPC) today after analyzing new data released by moneyrates.com and Bankrate.com. Since the passage of the Durbin Amendment, the nation’s banking and credit card industries have contended […]

Small businesses express growing concern over antitrust settlement

Via BankCreditNews.com: Visa and MasterCard recently agreed to a $7.2 billion settlement that would allow retailers to charge consumers a “checkout fee,” but some small business owners claim that these fees would only complicate a struggling retail market. “This [settlement] was clearly negotiated by a bunch of attorneys who don’t understand how competitive the environment […]

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