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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019 3:18 PM | Anonymous

    In total, more than 500,000 bottles of alcohol were shipped into Michigan between October and December of 2018

    LANSING – One in four bottles of alcohol shipped into Michigan during the 4th quarter of 2018 was shipped illegally according to data compiled by the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association (MB&WWA). During the 4th quarter of 2018, which covers October through December, 528,310 bottles of alcohol were shipped into Michigan. Of those bottles, 185,408 of them were spirits or illegally shipped wine.

    It’s estimated that 60 percent to 70 percent of the alcohol purchased online is wine, which means nearly 130,000 bottles of wine were illegally shipped into Michigan over the three-month stretch.

    “Wine illegally shipped into Michigan by out-of-state retailers robs our state of much-needed tax revenue at a time when Michigan needs every penny it can get,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. “Illegal wine shipments also take money away from mom-and-pop retailers who invest in their communities and are proud to call Michigan home.”

    In the 2nd quarter of 2018, spanning April through June, 496,376 bottles of alcohol were shipped into Michigan. Of those, 245,289 were bottles of wine shipped by licensed direct shippers, with the remaining 251,087 bottles consisting of spirits and illegally shipped wine. It’s estimated that more than 150,000 bottles of wine were illegally shipped into the state during this time period. Third-quarter data is unavailable due to insufficient reporting.

    “I find it deeply troubling that out-of-state retailers continue to skirt state law by shipping at least 300,000 bottles of wine illegally into the state during 2018. More troubling is the fact that number is likely much higher because it excludes data from the 1st and 3rd quarters of 2018,” Nevins said. “We urge the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to continue tracking these bad actors and for the state to crack down on out-of-state retailers who illegally ship wine into our state.”

    The data were compiled using reports from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and excise tax data from the state of Michigan.

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  • Monday, March 04, 2019 2:33 PM | Anonymous

    New England-Style beers from the fast-growing Massachusetts brewery coming to store shelves, tap handles this week

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – New England-Style beers from a New England brewery will soon be coming to store shelves and tap handles throughout Michigan. Lord Hobo Brewing Co., recently named one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the country, is partnering with Kalamazoo-based Imperial Beverage for a statewide launch.

    “We are very proud to bring Lord Hobo to the discerning craft beer fans of Michigan,” said Jon Sutton, beer category manager at Imperial Beverage. “In an era when innovation is key to survival and relevancy in the beer industry, Lord Hobo is delivering nothing but exciting styles, packaging and branding.”

    New England-Style beers, typically IPAs or Double IPAs, are one of the fastest-growing beer trends in the United States. They are best known for their hazy appearance, low bitterness and exotic flavors and aromas of tropical fruits.

    “Imperial Beverage has a proven track-record of innovation and we’re excited to team up with them to bring our beer to bars and retailers throughout Michigan,” said Bill Dillon, vice president of sales at Lord Hobo Brewing Co. “There’s no question Michigan is home to some of the biggest craft beer lovers in the country, and we’re eager to show them what fresh New England-Style beer – straight from New England – is all about.

    Lord Hobo beers now available in Michigan include:

    • Boom Sauce! – Lord Hobo’s flagship – New England-Style IPA
    • Hobo Life, a session IPA
    • Pils, a hoppy pilsner
    • Angelica, a New England-Style wheat ale
    • Glorious, a New England-Style pale ale
    • Meat & Potatoes, a stout
    • Consolation Prize, a Double IPA
    • Virtuoso, a New England-Style Double IPA

    Virtuoso typically isn’t released until later in the spring, however Lord Hobo Brewing Co. brewed a special batch to mark its Michigan launch.

    “It has been a pleasure to work with Bill Dillon, Rob Day and the rest of the Lord Hobo team as we are set to launch their red-hot brand to the great beer state of Michigan,” said Joe Cekola, president of Imperial Beverage. “At Imperial Beverage, we’re proud to help breweries big and small grow and thrive through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field.”

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  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:11 PM | Anonymous

    Calhoun County beer distributor ensures retailers are well-stocked for Super Bowl LIII

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – A snowstorm and frigid temperatures responsible for shutting down state government, the U.S. Postal Service and universities across the state didn’t stop Atlas Sales Inc. from ensuring retailers were well-stocked ahead of one of their busiest times of the year: Super Bowl Sunday.

    “I want to thank our entire team, from warehouse workers and drivers to mechanics and front office staff, for working together to ensure there was as little disruption as possible in our delivery schedule, despite what Mother Nature threw at us,” said Bud Dunn, vice president of Atlas Sales Inc. “Our suppliers and retailers, as well as beer lovers across Calhoun County, are counting on us to make sure shelves are well-stocked and tap handles are flowing, and we’re glad we could step up to the challenge.”

    Earlier in the week, Calhoun County was hit with more than 6 inches of snow followed by back-to-back days of temperatures at or below zero. The weather forced the closure of schools, universities and state government.

    Atlas Sales paused deliveries on Wednesday due to the bitter cold but will have all deliveries to retailers wrapped up well before Super Bowl Sunday. Every year, beer and wine sales spike at retailers across the state in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, and this year should be no exception.

    “Michigan is a top producer of beer and home to some of the most popular breweries in the country. Consumers have an array of high-quality options to choose from when stocking up for their Super Bowl parties,” Dunn said. “We’re proud to work hand-in-glove with our suppliers here in Michigan and beyond, to help them grow and succeed, through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field.”

    Based in Battle Creek, Atlas Sales Inc. is a family owned beer distributor servicing retailers throughout Calhoun County.

    The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will take the field on Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    Upper Peninsula beer and wine distributor ensures retailers are well-stocked for Super Bowl LIII

    NEGAUNEE, Mich. – A snowstorm and frigid temperatures responsible for shutting down state government, the U.S. Postal Service and universities across the state didn’t stop Pike Distributors from ensuring retailers were well-stocked ahead of one of their busiest times of the year: Super Bowl Sunday.

    “I want to thank our entire team, from warehouse workers and drivers to mechanics and front office staff, for working together to ensure there was as little disruption as possible in our delivery schedule, despite what Mother Nature threw at us,” said Jack Ketvirtis, vice president of Pike Distributors. “Our suppliers and retailers, as well as beer and wine lovers across the country, are counting on us to make sure shelves are well-stocked and tap handles are flowing, and we’re glad we could step up to the challenge.”

    Earlier in the week, the Upper Peninsula was hit with anywhere between 3e inches to 1 foot of snow followed by back-to-back days of temperatures at or below zero. The weather forced the closure of schools, universities and state government. However, Pike Distributors’ employees still made their deliveries as scheduled.

    Every year, beer and wine sales spike at retailers across the state in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, and this year should be no exception.

    “Michigan is a top producer of beer and wine and home to some of the most popular breweries and wineries in the country. Consumers have an array of high-quality options to choose from when stocking up for their Super Bowl parties,” Ketvirtis said. “We’re proud to work hand-in-glove with our suppliers here in Michigan and beyond, to help them grow and succeed, through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field.”

    Pike Distributors, a family owned beer and wine distributor, operates out of warehouses in Marquette, Newberry and Gladstone servicing retailers throughout the central U.P.

    The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will take the field on Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    Ypsilanti beer and wine distributor ensures retailers are well-stocked for Super Bowl LIII

    YPSILANTI, Mich. – A snowstorm and the frigid temperatures responsible for shutting down state government, the U.S. Postal Service and universities across the state didn’t stop O&W Inc. from ensuring retailers were well-stocked ahead of one of their busiest times of the year: Super Bowl Sunday.

    “I want to thank our entire team, from warehouse workers and drivers to mechanics and front office staff, for working together to ensure there was as little disruption as possible in our delivery schedule, despite what Mother Nature threw at us,” said Douglas Wanty, president of O&W Inc. “Our suppliers and retailers, as well as beer and wine lovers, are counting on us to make sure shelves are well-stocked and tap handles are flowing, and we’re glad we could step up to the challenge.”

    Earlier in the week, the Ann Arbor area and southeast Michigan was hit with between 3 and 6 inches of snow followed by back-to-back days of temperatures at or below zero. The weather forced the closure of schools, universities and state government. However, employees at O&W Inc. still ran their regular routes.

    Every year, beer and wine sales spike at retailers across the state in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, and this year should be no exception.

    “Michigan is a top producer of beer and wine and home to some of the most popular breweries and wineries in the country. Consumers have an array of high-quality options to choose from when stocking up for their Super Bowl parties,” Wanty said. “We’re proud to work hand-in-glove with our suppliers here in Michigan and beyond, to help them grow and succeed, through a system that promotes fairness and a level-playing field.”

    Based in Ypsilanti, O&W Inc. is a family owned beer and wine distributor servicing retailers throughout southeast Michigan.

    The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will take the field on Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    Wine and spirits distributor donates hundreds of turkeys to Detroit’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen

    DETROIT – Great Lakes Wine & Spirits (GLWAS), Michigan's leading distributor of alcoholic beverages, is stepping up to help families across Metro Detroit enjoy a hot meal this holiday season by donating 280 turkeys to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit.

    “Great Lakes Wine & Spirits has deep roots in Metro Detroit, and our employees strongly believe in giving back and supporting our neighbors, especially during the holidays,” said Syd Ross, Co-CEO of Great Lakes Wines & Spirits. “The turkeys we’re donating to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen were originally gifted to our employees, who in turn generously donated them to families in need.”

    Capuchin Soup Kitchen originated in the 1920’s and currently operates two dining rooms in Detroit, serving hundreds of meals to individuals and families every day.

    “We pride ourselves in setting a high bar for charitable giving each year, and this year is no different,” said Lew Cooper III, Co-CEO of GLWAS. “It’s humbling to see the generosity of our employees on display this holiday season and throughout the year. We’re hopeful these turkeys help provide a warm meal for men, women and families across Metro Detroit.”

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    Great Lakes Wine & Spirits is Michigan’s largest wine and liquor distributor. With 900 employees and facilities across the state, GLWAS services nearly 17,000 accounts in all 83 Michigan counties on both peninsulas. For more information, please visit www.GLWAS.com.

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    Senate Bills 1154-1168 were supported by craft brewers, distillers and winemakers

    LANSING – The Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association is applauding the Legislature for overwhelmingly approving a package of bills to clear up gray areas in the state Liquor Control Code. The legislation, Senate Bills 1154-1168, unanimously passed the Michigan Senate on Nov. 29 and the Michigan House by overwhelming margins on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    “For years, some producers have been operating in a gray area of state law and others have been outright breaking the law,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. “To address these problems, brewers, distillers, winemakers and distributors came together to find a solution that creates a roadmap for complying with state law for those operating in the gray.”

    Among the changes the legislation addresses:

    • Ensures Michigan breweries, distilleries and wineries are actually manufacturing the products they are selling to consumers in their tasting rooms.

    • Allows for manufacturer-to-manufacturer sales for the purpose of manufacturing alcoholic beverages.

    • Expands the ability of wineries and distilleries to offer full-size pours at many off-premise tasting rooms.

    • Lays out clear and understandable guidelines for the operation of a brewery tasting room.

    Statewide associations and commissions supporting the legislation alongside the MB&WWA include: The Michigan Craft Brewers Guild, Michigan Wine Producers Association, Michigan Craft Distillers Association, Michigan Licensed Beverage Association and Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

    “I want to thank the Michigan Brewers Guild, Wine Producers Association, Craft Distillers Association and other industry leaders for coming together to work on these important issues,” Nevins said. “Without this legislation, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission would be forced to cite craft brewers, distillers and winemakers. Instead, this package of bills will help Michigan’s beer, wine and spirits industries continue their positive momentum.”

    The legislation now awaits Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature.

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  • Wednesday, December 05, 2018 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    Dec. 5 marks 85th anniversary of the end of Prohibition

    LANSING – The Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association and its more than 40-member distributors are toasting the state’s craft beer and wine industries on the 85th anniversary of the end of Prohibition, also known as Repeal Day.

    “Michigan’s beer and wine distributors are proud to create jobs across Michigan and help our friends at wineries, breweries, craft producers and retailers throughout the state compete, grow and thrive on a level playing field,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. “Michigan’s beer and wine industries have undergone a meteoric rise over the last several years and both are poised to keep growing through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field.”

    Currently, Michigan is a Top 5 craft beer producer in the country, boasting more than 300 breweries and brewpubs. Not to be outdone, Michigan’s wine industry is flourishing, with nearly 200 wineries dotted across the state.

    “Thanks to the creativity and ingenuity of craft brewers and winemakers in our state, Michigan is gaining national and international acclaim for its hazy IPAs, bourbon barrel-aged stouts, Rieslings and Reds,” Nevins said. “Michigan’s independent and locally owned beer and wine distributors help promote growth and choices by working hand-in-glove with breweries and wineries big and small to help them succeed today and in the future.”

    Much like brewers and winemakers have adapted to new technologies, Michigan’s beer and wine distributors are embracing emerging technology to deliver a variety of products to consumers while eliminating inefficiencies, conserving energy and protecting our Great Lakes.

    “By embracing advanced logistics and information technology, Michigan’s beer and wine distributors are efficiently connecting consumers to a wide range of beer and wine made right here in Michigan and across the globe,” Nevins said.

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  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018 4:45 PM | Anonymous

    Nationally, nearly $2 billion in wine is purchased between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Employees at Rave Associates are putting in extra hours to ensure retailers are well-stocked ahead of the busiest stretch of the year for wine sales. According to data from Nielson, nearly $2 billion worth of wine was purchased nationwide between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve in 2016.

    “From reds to whites to rosé for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, to bubbly on New Year’s Eve, our employees are stepping up to ensure retailers can meet consumer demand during the holidays,” said Jim Warbritton, president of Rave Associates. “I want to thank our entire team, from the front office and the warehouse, to our sales team and delivery drivers, for working hard to make sure the favorite wines and champagnes of consumers are on store shelves and available at restaurants.”

    According to Nielson, in 2016 consumers spent $830 million on wine for Thanksgiving and over $1 billion on wine for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Sparkling wine sales jumped over 270 percent between Christmas and New Year’s Eve and table wine sales doubled during the same stretch.

    “Consumers in Michigan have a dizzying array of choices, from Michigan’s signature reds and Rieslings to rosé and whites from across the country and around the world,” Warbritton said. “We’re proud to work with suppliers near and far to help them compete, grow and thrive on a level playing field.”

    The Michigan wine industry and its more than 130 wineries generate $5.4 billion for the state’s economy. Michigan currently ranks in the Top 10 for wine production, and is the fourth-largest grape-growing state in the country.

    Rave Associates, headquartered in Ann Arbor, employs over 100 people and services retailers in Genesee, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties.

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  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    Nationally, nearly $2 billion in wine is purchased between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Henry A. Fox Sales employees are putting in extra hours to ensure retailers are well-stocked ahead of the busiest stretch of the year for wine sales. According to data from Nielson, nearly $2 billion worth of wine was purchased nationwide between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve in 2016.

    “From reds to whites to rosés for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, to bubbly on New Year’s Eve, our employees are stepping up to ensure retailers can meet consumer demand during the holidays,” said Brien Fox, President of Henry A. Fox Sales. “I want to thank our entire team, from the front office and the warehouse, to our sales team and delivery drivers, for working hard to make sure the favorite wines and champagnes of consumers are on store shelves and available at restaurants.”

    According to Nielson, in 2016 consumers spent $830 million on wine for Thanksgiving and over $1 billion on wine for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Sparkling wine sales jumped over 270 percent between Christmas and New Year’s Eve and table wine sales doubled during the same stretch.

    “Consumers in Michigan have a dizzying array of choices, from California and Washington Red Blends to New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, Italian Proseccos, Michigan Rieslings and many other wines from across the country and around the world,” Fox said. “We’re proud to work with wineries near and far to help them compete, grow and thrive on a level playing field.”

    The Michigan wine industry and its more than 130 wineries generate $5.4 billion for the state’s economy. Michigan currently ranks in the Top 10 for wine production, and is the fourth-largest grape-growing state in the country.

    Henry A. Fox Sales is a family owned wine and beer distributor located in Grand Rapids and distributes, markets and brokers fine wine, craft beer and spirits throughout the state of Michigan. This first-in-class distributor is committed and focused on being the distributor of choice for their customers, suppliers and employees.

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