New laws will bring about consistency, clarity for beer and wine distributors
Lansing, MI – The Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association (MB&WWA) today applauded Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for signing bills into law to advance and clarify multiple facets of Michigan’s beer and wine distributors’ operations. House Bills 6105-6107 had widespread, bipartisan support in the Legislature before landing on the governor’s desk last week.
“I would like to thank the governor for signing these bills into law and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in the Michigan Senate and House for passing this important legislation that will help us continue to support small businesses, create jobs, and promote competition and choice in the beer and wine industry,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the MB&WWA. “These laws will provide much-needed advancement and clarity for Michigan’s beer and wine distributors, helping ensure their continued success in delivering a wide and growing range of alcohol beverages throughout our state.”
All three bills passed the Senate and House with overwhelming bipartisan support.
This package of bills addresses several issues, including the following:
- Increases the ability for suppliers and distributors to share marketing, logistics, education, and reporting technology to better serve their customers
- Clarifies regulations for distribution of non-alcoholic beverages
- Legalizes the use of private labels and emerging categories of alcohol beverages
- Ensures that allocated products are made reasonably available to all retailers
- Allows suppliers to offer electronic coupons to consumers
“Michigan’s vibrant beer and wine industries have grown by leaps and bounds over the years thanks to a system that promotes fairness, choice, competition, and a level playing field, and these new laws will help ensure their continued growth and success,” Nevins said.
The MB&WWA represents beer and wine distributors throughout Michigan. The Association is recognized as one of the strongest business trade associations in the state and one of the alcohol beverage industry’s most progressive state trade associations.