• Saturday, October 24, 2015 2:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FLINT – Flint’s family-owned distributor John P. O’Sullivan Distributing Inc. Friday (Oct. 23, 2015) delivered more than 80 cases of bottled water to Durant-Tuuri-Mott to help provide the elementary school’s 700-plus students with safe, clean drinking water. Like the rest of the City of Flint, DTM and its more than 700 elementary students are affected by the lead water crisis. 


    “John P. O’Sullivan has been serving the Flint community for generations and this water challenge hits home for many of our employees and virtually every single family and business we serve in the city,” said company Vice President Joanie O’Sullivan-Butler, pictured left, with employee Darren Martin greeting Durant-Tuuri-Mott Principal Shelly Umphrey. “Our company and employees want to give back to this community and provide some relief for the young children at DTM. We’re heartened to see so many other local businesses and individuals in our community open their arms during this crisis, and we want to do our small part to help.

    ” O’Sullivan Distributing delivered 168 cases of bottled water to DTM on Friday morning, with O’SullivanButler and employee Darren Martin, himself a Flint resident, making the delivery. The water is being stored at the school’s auditorium, where cases of donated bottled water from scores of businesses and individuals are stacked floor to ceiling. DTM goes through at least 700-plus bottles of water a day, or around 30 cases – an average of one bottle per student at the school. DTM estimates it has enough water to last several days. Flint’s recent switch from Flint River water to water supplied from Detroit is not expected to be complete until late October or early November.

     The O’Sullivan family has operated the distributorship, which delivers beer and non-alcoholic beverages, in the Flint area since 1976. With more than 100 employees and state-of-the-art operational systems, O'Sullivan Distributing navigates 20 delivery routes per day, servicing over 1,700 stores, bars and restaurants throughout Genesee and six other surrounding counties.

     (Photo below: John P. O’Sullivan Distributing Inc. today, Oct. 23, 2015, donated 168 cases of bottled water to Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary School. O’Sullivan employee Darren Martin has worked at John P. O’Sullivan Distributing since 1989. He lives in Flint and he and his family are affected by the water crisis.)

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FLINT – Statewide beverage distributor Great Lakes Wines and Spirits delivered 100 cases of bottled water to Northwestern and Southwestern high schools in Flint today (Tuesday, Oct. 13) as part of the outpouring of support for students struggling to get access to clean, drinking water.

     “As a company that delivers to communities across Michigan, including right here in Flint, Great Lakes Wines and Spirits and our employees want to do everything we can to support the families and students of the communities we serve,” said Syd Ross, CEO of Great Lakes Wines and Spirits. “Clean, drinking water is essential to students, their health and their ability to learn in the classroom. Great Lakes Wines and Spirits is pleased we could do our small part to support students and Flint Community Schools in this time of need.

    ” GLWAS distributes wine and liquor across the state and offers products from 475 suppliers encompassing 2,300 brands. GLWAS is Michigan’s largest wine, liquor and beer distributor. Its 900 employees and eight facilities across the state service nearly 17,000 accounts in all 83 of the state's counties. It has eight depots, in Gaylord, Petoskey, Detroit, Highland Park, Kalamazoo, Marquette, Grand Rapids and Bay City. 

  • Friday, October 09, 2015 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BATTLE CREEK – When Binder Park Zoo hosts its hugely popular Bonteboktoberfest fundraiser on Saturday, every guest’s serving of Michigan craft beer will have a little history, a lot of passion and a great deal of meticulous planning to get Michigan’s most acclaimed brews to the zoo.

     Five of the Michigan craft beers on tap at the zoo will be delivered by Battle Creek-based Atlas Sales Inc., a three-generation beer distribution business that has donated its services to and volunteered for the zoo’s fundraiser for the past five years. The beers are Rochester Mills, Perrin Brewing, Right Brain Brewery, local Battle Creek brewery Territorial Brewing, and Blake’s Hard Cider. 

    “The Bonteboktoberfest is a great opportunity for us at Atlas Sales to bring together some of our favorite things in the community, and that’s our love for Binder Park Zoo and our passion for Michigan craft beers,” said Atlas Sales Vice President Bud Dunn. “Binder Park Zoo is truly a gem in our community, and our employees are always excited to donate and give back.

    ” Altogether, in three hours on Saturday, Atlas will deliver 55 cases and eight kegs of beer to help ensure hundreds of guests can sample their favorite Michigan craft beers.

     Before the event even begins, two Atlas volunteers begin planning the event, including meeting and planning directly with zoo personnel. In addition to overseeing set-up at the zoo, Atlas works with its brewery partners to organize and attend the event so they can showcase their Michigan craft beers, provide samples and train volunteer servers. Atlas also provides draft wagons – delivered to the zoo two days earlier – to keep the beers cool. 

    The beers arrive the day before the Bonteboktoberfest. By 4:30 p.m. on the day of the event, Atlas and the zoo would have completed every detail, including doing test runs to ensure everything works as planned. On the day of the event, at least 10 Atlas volunteers attend the event to help out and support the fundraiser. 

    Atlas’ original contribution to the event: A VIP tent, where Atlas tech guru Mike Hall figured out how to stream football games directly using his iPad.

     “This volunteer project is a real labor of love for our family and for me personally, because some of my earliest memories are of going to Binder Park Zoo,” said Dunn. “Our employees have fond memories of the zoo, and I’ve been volunteering at the zoo, helping zookeepers since I was 10. We really look forward to this event and we encourage everyone to come visit us on Bonteboktoberfest to support the best zoo in the region and have a ton of fun in the process.

    ” The fundraiser for zoo operations runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

     About Atlas Sales Inc. 

    Atlas Sales, Inc. has been in operation as a family owned beverage distribution company since 1933, serving the Battle Creek and surrounding areas. The company was founded by Theron (Pick) Fagan. Atlas Sales was one of the first companies organized to distribute beer and wine when Prohibition ended in Michigan. During the past eight decades, the company has been located in five different warehouses that were ever larger and more modern. After Fagan’s death in 1983, Fagan’s wife Frankie Fagan took over. She then passed the business down to her son, Greg Dunn.

     In addition to providing quality beverages and services, Atlas today is a major employer in the Battle Creek area, with 26 employees, and is actively involved in numerous community charities, events, programs and other humanitarian causes. 

  • Tuesday, October 06, 2015 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MUSKEGON – The Muskegon area community is raising its game in the fight to reduce underage drinking by empowering members of the community to speak up anonymously. 

    The “Party Patrol” program kicked off with banners carrying a simple message at high school football games this past Friday: If you know of underage alcohol consumption, call the authorities. The banners will be coupled with public service announcements and will be displayed at Friday’s football games and all Muskegon County games throughout the season.

     “Muskegon County has always tackled our challenges as a community, and this effort is another way we can reduce illegal underage drinking,” said Laura Fitzpatrick of the Health Project's Muskegon Alcohol Liability Initiative, a diverse countywide partnership of health professionals, businesses, law enforcement leaders, and other stakeholders aiming to reduce underage drinking. “If anyone knows of minors drinking alcohol, they can let the authorities know anonymously. Party Patrol is a way to both empower everyone in our community to help be part of the solution and prevent the kinds of tragedies we hear about all too often when minors consume alcohol.”

     The banners, which are slated to be prominently displayed at all Muskegon County high school football games this season, read: “Stop underage drinking. Be the solution. Submit an anonymous tip.” People who submit credible tips will get rewards. To report underage drinking:

      Call: 231-72-CRIME (231-722-7463) 

     Text: MKGTIP to 274637

     The program is being implemented by Muskegon’s Silent Observer Program in partnership with ALI and the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce, which manages the Silent Observer program in Muskegon County. Tom Schultz, General Manager of Tyler Sales Company, Inc., a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, is chairman of the Silent Observer committee and also a long-standing member of ALI. Tyler Sales is also printing the banners which will be used throughout the county, as well as providing other support. 

    “Our company and our employees have deep roots in the Muskegon and Lakeshore areas, and all of us are 100-percent committed to making sure that only adults consume alcohol, not minors” said Jim Tyler, CEO of Tyler Sales. “I’m proud that our community continues to find innovative ways to bring people together and find solutions. Silent Observer’s Party Patrol program is another way for all of us to work together to keep our community safer.

    ” Data shows that underage drinking remains an issue in Muskegon County, according to the Youth Behavior Study for Muskegon County. The study shows that 44 percent of Muskegon County high schoolers have consumed alcohol, and 12.5 percent of all area high schoolers had their first drink before 13 years old, according to 2012 statistics. At the same time, Muskegon County continues to make progress to reduce underage drinking, including seeing a 38-percent drop in recent alcohol use and a 47- percent decrease in binge drinking by youth between 2008 and 2014, according to data by ALI.

     For more information: www.silentobservermuskegoncom

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    LANSING – Members of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association have elected Kevin Sullivan, vice presidentat Alliance Beverage Distributing in Grand Rapids, as chairman of the organization at its annual summer meeting. Sullivan will serve as chair until 2017. The election for new board leaders was held Wednesday, July 29. 

    “I’m honored to serve an association representing businesses that are creating jobs and helping other small businesses, like craft brewers, local wineries and local retailers, compete, grow and thrive on a level playing field,” Sullivan said. “Michigan’s beer and wine distributors have deep roots in our communities across Michigan and I’m excited to help us continue this commitment. As chair, I look forward to supporting the excellent work our members have done in implementing cutting edge technology and best practices so we can deliver a wide range of quality products to consumers.”

     Sullivan was the board vice chairman before his election. He has served on the board for six years.

     Alliance Beverage Distributing is the largest complete beverage distributor in the western half of Michigan. Formed in early 2013, Alliance’s network stretches from the Michigan-Indiana state line to Manistee County and eastward through Mt. Pleasant and Lansing. Distributing MillerCoors, craft beers and a wide range of additional products, Alliance employs more than 300 people.

     The new vice chair of the board is Joe Fabiano, president of Fabiano Brothers Inc., a beer, wine and beverage distributor that serves a 22-county region stretching from the Bay area and central Michigan to northern and northwest Michigan. 

    The new treasurer is Brien Fox, president and CEO of Grand Rapids-based Henry A. Fox Sales Co. “Thanks to Michigan’s small, independent and family owned beer distributors, our state is now the fifth-largest beer producer in the nation, with more than 180 small brewers and brew pubs,” Fox said. “Michigan is poised to keep growing and launch even more new breweries, wineries and small businesses, through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field.

    ” The MB&WWA represents more than 50 beer and wine distributorships throughout Michigan. The MB&WWA is recognized as one of the strongest business trade associations in the state and also one of the most progressive state trade associations in the beverage alcohol industry.

  • Monday, June 22, 2015 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LANSING – By large majorities, Michigan voters say the state’s alcohol regulations strike the right balance that allows adult consumers to have access to a wide range of beer and wine products – while pricing them affordably, according to a new bipartisan poll released today. The poll by Public Opinion Strategies and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research also showed that large majorities of Michigan voters oppose practices that would make alcohol more readily available, including selling alcohol at more gas stations and at farmers’ markets. 

    “Voters are clearly saying adults in their communities can already find a wide variety of beer, wine and liquor, and that they believe beer and wine in Michigan are priced fairly compared with other states,” said Lori Weigel, partner at Public Opinion Strategies, a nationally renowned Republican polling firm. “Our findings show voters like the system as it is and oppose making alcohol more available. To voters from all political and social backgrounds, Michigan’s current alcohol system works.

    ” The poll found that 69 percent of voters say the number of places to buy or drink alcohol is “about right” in Michigan, with the highest satisfaction about availability among voters in West Michigan, at 76 percent. And 90 percent of voters say they have access to a wide variety of beer, wine, and liquor, with 62 percent saying beer and wine are affordably priced in Michigan.

     At the same time, voters also said they were concerned about over-expansion of alcohol products:

      73 percent said beer and wine should NOT be more readily available for purchase in places like gas stations and farmers’ markets, including 75 percent of Republicans, 74 percent of Democrats and 69 percent of independents; 

     75 percent said beer and liquor should NOT be available for purchase on the Internet, including 79 percent of Republicans and Democrats;

      60 percent said beer and wine should NOT be delivered by a service that brings the product directly to homes or offices; and

      63 percent said it is more important to ensure Michigan has strong safeguards on the sale of alcohol to ensure public safety than it is to streamline regulations for small businesses.

     Reflecting public concerns about alcohol and safety, majorities of voters said reducing drunken driving (71 percent), reducing underage and binge drinking (57 percent), and protecting health and public safety (55 percent) should be the Top Three priorities for policymakers when they weigh alcohol policies. In comparison, only 17 percent of voters said expanding consumer choice should be the top priority, while 14 percent said reducing prices for beer and wine was.

     “Our poll shows that large majorities of voters understand alcohol is not like other consumer products and needs a different set of rules and stronger regulations,” said Al Quinlan, president of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a nationally renowned Democratic polling firm. “Voters have a high level of satisfaction with the availability, access, price and choice of alcohol – and they have little appetite for expanding the means for purchasing alcohol or changing the current system. Across all demographics, voters say safety and public health continue to play a critical role in their views toward Michigan’s alcohol system, and are more important than expanding choice or reducing prices.

    ” The poll was conducted about one year after Michigan began implementing wide-ranging reforms to the state’s alcohol regulations. 

    The results of this poll reflect continued voter support for Michigan’s alcohol regulations and safeguards. A 2012 bipartisan poll by Public Opinion Strategies and GQRR found that 63 percent of voters say Michigan’s alcohol regulations are “about right” – an identical percentage in 2015. 

    The 2012 and 2015 polls were commissioned by the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association.


    Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Public Opinion Strategies conducted the statewide survey of 500 likely voters March 25-March 29. Interviews were distributed proportionally by region, and the sample is demographically representative of Michigan’s electorate during a presidential year election, with 36 percent of respondents reached by cell phone. The margin of error is +/- 4.4 percentage points. 

  • Tuesday, June 02, 2015 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LUDINGTON – Doctors and medical professionals, law enforcement leaders and a beverage distributor in the region joined forces today in urging Michigan legislators – including the area’s senators and representatives – to ban powdered alcohol.

     “Alcohol abuse results in health and safety issues that often have a devastating impact to families in our community. Powdered alcohol is the kind of product that can be easily misused by adults and minors, which is my biggest concern” said Mark Vipperman, FACHE, president of Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. "Because of the significant risk factors that are being associated with powdered alcohol, I don't believe that this product ought to be offered for sale to the general public.

    " While the federal government has cleared the way for powdered alcohol to be sold, the product is not expected to be commercially produced until this summer. Individual states decide whether powdered alcohol can be sold, in accordance with their own state-based alcohol laws and regulations as allowed under the 21st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. To date, at least six states have passed laws banning powdered alcohol and more than 30 are considering banning it. Michigan is considering proposals to ban powdered alcohol by Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), a former Eaton County sheriff, and Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet), a former retail store owner. Their plan has broad bipartisan support, passing the Senate on May 20 and now awaits action in the state House.

     “Powdered alcohol can be spiked into someone’s food and drinks without people’s knowledge, it can be snuck into schools and libraries, and it can be accidentally ingested by small children who mistake it for candy,” said Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett. “Powdered alcohol opens the door wide open for illegal underage drinking and intentional and even accidental over-consumption. Powdered alcohol opens the door to more alcohol-related problems at a time when law enforcement, hospitals and first responders are doing more with less to keep our roads and our communities safer.”

     “Law enforcement officers see for ourselves what happens when alcohol is abused and one of the most devastating things any family can go through is to lose a loved one because of something that could have been avoided altogether,” said Mason County Sheriff, Kim Cole. “Powdered alcohol is a product that can be abused and misused by too many people. It can be consumed in dangerous ways that will spell trouble for families and businesses in our community, and it’s something we should keep out of Michigan.”

    “Our family owned business and our employees have deep roots in the community – and that’s why we oppose powdered alcohol, which is a big problem in a small packet,” said Willie Reed, president of family owned Ludington Beverage. “Powdered alcohol is an irresponsible product that can easily slip through the safeguards our communities have put in place to keep alcohol away from kids and make sure only legal adults have access to alcoholic beverages. The risks of powdered alcohol are too great, and that’s why businesses are standing with medical professionals and law enforcement leaders across Michigan to support a ban.

    ” The call comes as statewide medical, law enforcement and business organizations announced their support for a ban on powdered alcohol in late April. 

    Among the groups supporting a ban are: the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians; the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians; the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association; Michigan Alcohol Policy Promoting Health and Safety; the Michigan State Medical Society; the Michigan Chapter of the American Pediatric Society; AFPD, representing independent retailers; the Michigan Pharmacists Association; Michigan Alcohol Policy Promoting Health and Safety; and police chiefs in multiple communities. 

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Grand Rapids, Mich. (May 15, 2015) — For the third consecutive year, West Side Beer Distributing donated to the Folds of Honor Foundation. West Side Beer partnered with the charitable organization to provide college level educational assistance to the children of fallen or disabled soldiers. 

    “We are pleased to support the sons and daughters of the many heroes in our military branches who endure personal sacrifice to protect our freedoms,” said A.J. Mathews, president of West Side Beer Distributing. “It’s a special opportunity for our company and employees to give back to the community and we are proud to service each of the $5,000 scholarships presented to local children of fallen soldiers.

    ” West Side Beer Distributing contributed directly to the Folds of Honor Immediate Use Scholarship, which is intended for spouses and children who are currently attending or have been accepted into a two or four-year degree program at an accredited secondary institution. The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis and applicants must apply each year to continue to receive funding. West Side Beer Distributing provided two $5,000 scholarships awarded to the children of soldiers in Michigan.

     About Folds of Honor Foundation 

    Folds of Honor is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that focuses on providing scholarship and assistance to the spouses and children of those killed or disabled in service to America. Founded in 2007, the foundation is proud to have awarded over 7,500 scholarships over the years. For more information visit the foundation’s website,

     About West Side Beer Distributing

     West Side Beer Distributing distributes a portfolio of domestic, imported and craft beers across 14 different counties to over 4,000 retailers in Michigan. The family-owned company started in the Metro Detroit area in 1965 and now has over 400 team members working out of locations in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Romulus. To learn more visit or connect via Facebook (West Side Beer), Twitter (@WestSideBeer) or Instagram (@WestSideBeer).

     For more information contact Onawa Gardiner, Marketing Manager at West Side Beer Distributing at or (616) 698-1900. 

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 2:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LANSING – The Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association today announced that Brett Visner, a policy expert on regulatory and licensing issues at the Michigan House Republican Policy Office, will be its director of public affairs.

     “The Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association looks forward to welcoming a top notch policy expert like Brett who really understands Michigan’s Liquor Control Act so we can continue advocating for responsible regulations that balance economic growth with public health and safety,” said MB&WWA President-elect Spencer Nevins. “Brett understands the important role Michigan’s family owned distributors continue to play in fostering growth of the alcohol beverage industry in Michigan.

    ” Visner begins his tenure on Monday, May 18. Visner was most recently a policy advisor in the House Republican Policy Office, staffing the Regulatory Reform, Energy Policy and Communications and Technology committees. He was previously the legislative director for Speaker Pro Tem John Walsh and political director for the Oakland County Republican Party. 

    “I’m excited to begin working for the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association and helping its outstanding member businesses share their stories of how they’re creating jobs and growing Michigan’s beer and wine sectors,” Visner said. “As public affairs director, I’m eager to begin educating policymakers and the public about the great work that distributors do in their communities and the future-oriented investments they make to move Michigan forward.

    ” His duties as public affairs director include liaison with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and assisting in advocacy efforts in the state legislature and other agencies of state government. Visner will also play a prominent role in the MB&WWA’s public relations activities and public outreach programs.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015 2:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



     Sen. Rick Jones, 517-373-3447 and 517-410-9495 (cell)            Rep. Scott Dianda, 517-373-0850                                                Azlan Ibrahim, 517-333-1606 

    LANSING – Law enforcement leaders, health care professionals and businesses today joined forces with legislators to support proposals banning powdered alcohol in Michigan and called on the entire state Legislature to act without delay.

     “Powdered alcohol equals big trouble in a small packet,” said Dr. Brad Uren of the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians. “We should be very concerned that powdered alcohol will open the door to more underage drinking, more over-consumption and more drunken driving on Michigan roads. Because of the risks of this new form of highly concentrated, highly concealable alcohol, we’re calling on the Legislature to act immediately and ban this dangerous product.” 

    “Powdered alcohol products make it easier for teens and underage minors to access and abuse alcohol, and the prospect of children illegally using an alcoholic substance with potentially dangerous consequences is frightening,” said Dr. Ekram Smith of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians. “We encourage Michigan lawmakers to ban powdered alcohol and help keep families and children safe.

    ” Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), a former Eaton County sheriff, and Rep. Scott Dianda, (D-Calumet), who owned a family retail store, have introduced proposals to ban powdered alcohol. Dozens of senators and representatives from both parties have co-signed the proposed ban. 

    Major statewide health, law enforcement and business organizations formally support a ban. The show of support was announced at a news conference in Lansing that included: the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians; the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians; Police Chief Brian Peacock of Potterville; Police Chief Bob Delmarter of Leslie; Police Chief Bruce Ferguson of DeWitt; Police Chief Lisa Sherman of Charlotte; the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association; Michigan Alcohol Policy Promoting Health and Safety; and others. A ban on powdered alcohol is also supported by the Michigan State Medical Society; the Michigan Chapter of the American Pediatric Society; AFPD, representing independent retailers; and the Michigan Pharmacists Association. 

    “Powdered alcohol is a problem we don’t need in Michigan. There is no upside to this product,” said Rep. Dianda. “If it comes to our area, minors will abuse it and adults will get super-drunk, intentionally or not intentionally. Why wait until kids have hurt themselves trying to snort it, or somebody has gotten seriously ill by mixing powdered alcohol with liquid alcohol? Letting it enter our communities would be a serious mistake that would endanger the health of our children and families.”

     “Makers of powdered alcohol are making flavors that appeal to kids, like ‘lemon drop,’ and young children might not be able to distinguish between a powdered alcohol packet and one for Kool-Aid,” Sen. Jones said. “We should be very concerned that someone could be victimized by a predator who slips this product into another person’s drink, greatly increasing its alcohol content without their knowledge. The public health and public safety risks are simply too great and that’s why we’re going to close the door on this irresponsible product.”

     The potency of a drink made with powdered alcohol varies with how much water is added, so consumers may easily over-consume. Health experts fear some people may mix the powdered alcohol with alcoholic beverages – not water – to create a super-alcoholic drink. Some may try to spike other’s beverages without their knowledge, or even snort it for what they think may be a more immediate buzz. A Vice News report in 2014 said powdered alcohol burns like napalm. 

    The New York Times reported April 3 that the maker of powdered alcohol product Palcohol had bragged about unorthodox and potentially risky uses for his product: “In 2012, Mark Phillips needed a way to market his new invention: a powdered form of alcohol that could be mixed with water. You could sprinkle it on guacamole, although snorting it would get you drunk quickly and was probably not a good idea, Mr. Phillips wrote online in those earlier days.” Though Phillips has removed the statements from his Website, Facebook users did not forget, posting that he reminded people to add Palcohol after a dish was cooked so the alcohol would not burn off “and that defeats the whole purpose.” One news site called the product, made by an Arizona company, “the sneakiest and most efficient way to get drunk.”

     “Michigan’s family owned beer and wine distributors applaud the Michigan Legislature’s proposal to ban powdered alcohol and keep this irresponsible product out of the hands of minors and people who might abuse it or use it to harm others,” said Mike Lashbrook, president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association, which represents 50 independent distributors in the state. “A product like powdered alcohol puts public health and safety at risk, and that’s why so many people are rightfully concerned about the potential for this product to be misused and abused.

    ” Scott Ellis, executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, said: “Responsible adults who want to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two at the end of the day with friends and family are not likely to reach for a packet of freeze-dried palcohol. Palcohol is just another danger recklessly exposing minors to alcohol. As a former police officer, I know law enforcement, educators and parents work very hard to keep alcohol in conventional liquid form out of the hands of teenagers, and tiny grains of alcohol in small packets will only make things worse.

    ” Auday Arabo, president and CEO of the AFPD representing large and small retailers, grocery stores and gas stations, said: “Our members in every channel of the retail business work very hard keeping alcohol away from minors and teenagers. Businesses in communities across Michigan are committed to doing the right thing as the first point of access. Powdered alcohol is one dangerous product that will make this effort harder, and we don’t need it on our shelves, in our stores and in our communities!

    ” At least six states have banned powdered alcohol, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and 30 others are considering bans. 

    PHOTOS: Below, Allegan County Sheriff Blaine Koops calls on the Michigan Legislature to ban powdered alcohol during a news conference Tuesday, April 28, that included doctors, law enforcement, pharmacists, legislators, faith leaders and businesses. Bottom, Dr. Brad Uren, an emergency room physician and past president of the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians, warns of the medical dangers of powdered alcohol as he joins law enforcement, doctors, pharmacists, legislators, faith leaders and businesses in urging the Legislature to ban powdered alcohol.


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