DOJ Moves to Finalize ABI-SABMiller Consent Order, Parties Seek Hearing

The Justice Department has petitioned the court to finalize the Proposed Final Judgment eight months after the DOJ responded to public comments filed under the Tunney Act.   In its motion the court seeks to make the terms of the consent order the DOJ negotiated with ABInbev and SABMiller/MolsonCoors final.  In this brief the DOJ claims to…Read More

Court Rules for Connecticut and Against Total Wine in Antitrust Challenge

United States District Court Judge Janet Hall upheld various Connecticut laws from antitrust challenges brought by Connecticut Fine Wine and Spirts which most of us know as Total Wine.  In her thorough 40 page opinion granting the state and intervenors’ motions to dismiss, Judge Hall methodically went through the challenges and held: “Total Wine’s challenges to the post and hold…Read More

Center for Alcohol Policy’s Law and Policy Conference set for September 10 and 11, 2015 in Chicago.

The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Eighth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference will be held September 9-11, 2015, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. The conference starts with an informal evening reception on the 9th.  The conference will take place all day the 10th and conclude at noon on the 11th….Read More

KY ABC Issues Letter Indicating Conditional Approval for ABInBev to Own Owensboro Distributor

The KY ABC issued a letterto ABI conditionally approving their license to become the owner of the Owensboro ABInBev distributor.  The Malt Beverage Administrator noted that this application is “the most controversial in Department history.”  As a result she listed many concerns and questions in her four page letter.   She noted that much information is missing…Read More

UPDATED – Guest Column- A Different View of Some Alcohol Industry Statistics

Update: Recently the Brewers Association updated its private count of breweries.   According to BA records, it noted that there are 2,822 breweries of which they count 2,768 as “craft” breweries.    However, 45% of these craft breweries are actually brewpubs and are more like restaurants in many ways.  Likewise only 119 breweries (4%) are larger than 15,000…Read More