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 […]

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 […]

ABL Response to CAMY Report on States Holding Beverage Alcohol Retailers Accountable

(Tuesday, July 30, 2013) – The Center for Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) released a report today arguing that “fewer states are holding alcohol retailers liable for harms caused by customers who were served illegally” and “documents the gradual erosion of commercial host liability,” citing four states that have changed their “commercial host liability” laws […]

ABL Applauds Introduction of Estate Tax Repeal Legislation

America’s beer, wine and spirits retailers, many of whom are multi-generational family businesses, applauded the re-introduction today of the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013 (S. 1183, H.R. 2429).  The legislation, introduced in the House and Senate, would fully repeal the federal estate tax or, as it is commonly known, the death tax, a goal that ABL […]

2013 ROTY Group

Eighteen Beverage Licensees Honored at ABL Conference

On June 10, 2013, American Beverage Licensees (ABL) presented the 2013 Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year Awards in Washington, DC.  Eighteen beverage licensees were recognized for their hard work, success and commitment to the retail beverage alcohol industry by ABL President Chuck Ferrar and ABL Conference Chairman David Jabour.  This is the eleventh year Brown-Forman, […]


American Beverage Licensees Conference Brings Industry Together

Beer, wine and spirits retailers and members of the alcohol industry from across the country gathered at the American Beverage Licensees Annual Conference June 9-11 to hear from public officials, industry leaders and an array of experts on policy and business issues facing beverage retailers. Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI), Chairman of the Subcommittee for Highways […]

Harry Klock

American Beverage Licensees Elects New Officers

 The Board of Directors of American Beverage Licensees (ABL) elected Harry Klock, owner and operator of Stockman Bar in Harlowton, Montana, as ABL President at its meeting on June 9, 2013. Klock will represent the trade association’s nearly 20,000 members for a two-year term, leading the national beverage alcohol retail community and working with ABL’s […]

ABL Announces Business Seminar: “Digital Success — It’s in Your Own Backyard”

Bethesda, MD - May 21, 2013 – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) announced today that it will host “Digital Success — It’s in Your Own Backyard,” a seminar on eCommerce outreach as part of the ABL Annual Conference on June 9, 2013. Beverage Media has been providing communication services to the industry in both print and online […]

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NTSB Recommends Lowering BAC to .05

Statement Of John D. Bodnovich Executive Director, American Beverage Licensees (ABL) On NTSB’s recommendation to pursue a national .05 BAC per se limit. May 14, 2013  “Today’s recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board to arbitrarily redefine drunk driving does not address the problem at its core and would dilute current efforts to stop repeat […]