With Theme of “Navigating the Future,” Association’s Signature Event to Feature Presentations from Industry Leaders, Networking Opportunities & Hospitality Events
BETHESDA, MD – November 16, 2017 – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) is proud to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 ABL Annual Meeting, to be held March 11-13, 2018 at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino in New Orleans, Louisiana. ABL’s signature annual event brings together on- and off-premise beverage licensees to celebrate their important role within the three-tier beverage alcohol industry. Registration is available online for $299, which includes access to all general sessions and ABL hospitality events.
As with previous ABL Annual Meetings, general sessions will provide attendees with the latest information on the beverage alcohol industry from on- and off-premise industry experts. Presentations, briefings and interactive panel discussions will address the alcohol policy environment, product trends and strategies for beverage retailers to improve their businesses. Additional information regarding speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
“ABL is excited to host our 16th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, a city synonymous with beer, wine, spirits and hospitality,” said ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich. “With the theme of ‘Navigating the Future,’ the meeting will provide beverage licensees – both on- and off-premise alike – with informative sessions and take-aways that can be applied directly to their businesses back home.”
In addition to formal education session, the ABL Annual Meeting will include hospitality events designed with networking in mind so that beverage licensees can interact with their peers from across the country, and meet with executives from the distributor and producer tiers of the beverage alcohol industry. As part of the meeting, ABL will host the ABL Honors Gala reception and dinner, celebrating leading beverage retailers with the “Retailer of the Year” awards, and recognizing the 2018 ABL Top Shelf Award honoree.
ABL welcomes a variety of sponsors for the Annual Meeting, which provides brands and companies with a means of maximizing their exposure and sharing their products with leading beverage retailers and state retail trade associations. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels and can be customized to fit sponsor goals. More information is available by contacting the ABL office at 301-656-1494.
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American Beverage Licensees is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers. Direct retail beverage alcohol sales in the United States generate as many as 1.94 million well-paying jobs. ABL’s thousands of on-premise and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned establishments. The beverage retailing industry pays over $25.3 billion in federal taxes and $18.36 billion in state and local taxes. To learn more about ABL, visit www.ablusa.org.