Photos of Cork liquor store in Columbus , Ind., Wednesday, July 14 2014. (Photo Alan Petersime)

ABL Announces 2015-2016 Officers

Warren Scheidt of Cork Liquors in Columbus, Indiana Elected ABL President Bethesda, MD –– June 29, 2015 –– At its meeting this June, American Beverage Licensees (ABL) Board of Directors elected Warren Scheidt, owner and operator of 12 Cork Liquors stores in and around Columbus, Indiana, as the 7th President of ABL. Scheidt, who will […]

American Beverage Licensees annual conference offers fresh perspectives, important recognition for retailers

Beverage retailers’ meeting brings together beverage industry in Washington, D.C. Bethesda, MD – June 24, 2014 – American Beverage Licensee members and industry colleagues gathered in the nation’s capital June 7-9 to exchange ideas, discuss challenges and identify solutions at the 13th ABL Annual Conference. Licensees also met with members of Congress and industry leaders to […]

America’s Beverage Retailers Toast Creation of the Congressional Hospitality Caucus

Bipartisan effort will educate legislators about the hospitality industry Bethesda, MD – June 10, 2015 – America’s beer, wine and spirits retailers expressed their support today for the newly-formed Congressional Hospitality Caucus and the heightened awareness it will bring to the hospitality industry. Co-chaired by Representatives Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA), the bipartisan […]

American Beverage Licensees And Intellicheck Mobilisa Partner To Bring Retailers Tools To Reduce Underage Access To Alcohol

Age ID Will Aid Beverage Retailers in Preventing Underage Sales of Alcohol   PORT TOWNSEND, WASHINGTON – June 3, 2015 – Intellicheck Mobilisa, Inc. (NYSE MKT:IDN), a leader in real-time identity authentication and validation solutions and American Beverage Licensees (ABL), the nation’s leading trade association for beer, wine and spirits retailers, announced today that they […]

American Beverage Licensees and Fintech Announce Strategic Partnership

American Beverage Licensees and Fintech Announce Strategic Partnership Partnership provides a secure, affordable way for ABL members to pay for alcohol deliveries electronically May 27, 2015 – Bethesda, MD – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) and Fintech announced today that they are launching a strategic partnership to provide a secure, affordable and hassle-free way for ABL […]

Tavern Month

Beer, Wine & Spirits Retailers Celebrate Tavern Month This May

Raise a glass and toast America’s bars and the people who make them great BETHESDA, MD – April 30, 2015 – This May, America’s Beer, Wine and Spirits Retailers are encouraging their colleagues and customers to raise a glass in celebration of Tavern Month. Established in 1953, Tavern Month is supported by American Beverage Licensees […]

Beverage Alcohol Retailers Applaud Passage of Death Tax Repeal Act

Bipartisan bill passes House 240-179; ABL urges action on Senate Legislation April 16, 2015 – Bethesda, MD – America’s beer, wine and spirits retailers applauded the passage today of the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 (H.R. 1105) by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, which was introduced by Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) in […]

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 […]

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Registration for the 13th ABL Annual Conference is OPEN!

Registration for the 2015 ABL Annual Conference is now open! Register online today and book your hotel for a weekend of interesting and informative sessions. Topics include a grassroots lobbying briefing, a “state of the beer” panel, and a what’s next for legalized marijuana update, plus much more! Click here for more information.  

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 […]

Green Resources

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 […]

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