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News and articles on alcohol-related legislative measures and political issue for the on-premise industry.

Senate Votes in Support of Swipe Fee Reform   June 9, 2011

America’s beer, wine and spirits retailers and their customers earned a major victory today as the Senate voted to continue on the path to debit card swipe fee reform for beverage licensees and other merchants. More>>

Donna Hood Crecca Article
Anti-alcohol Groups Revealed   May 31, 2011

The American Beverage Institute launches, shining light on anti-alcohol groups and policies. More>>

Kentucky Association of Beverage Retailers is Newest ABL Affiliate   May 27, 2011

The Kentucky Association of Beverage Retailers (KABR) is becoming a force to be reckoned with in Kentucky and has now brought their clout at the national level by joining American Beverage Licensees (ABL) as an affiliate member.More>>

New Website Exposes Anti-Alcohol Agenda of Nonprofits and Government Agencies   May 20, 2011

The American Beverage Institute (ABI) is launching a new Website, which shows how anti-alcohol activists are attempting to restrict and stigmatize responsible alcohol consumption.More>>

Donna Hood Crecca
NFL Lockout, Gas Prices & More: Trouble Brewing for Bar Sales   May 17, 2011

NFL Lockout, gas prices, consumer spending habits and the CARE Act are all poised to impact bar sales this summer. Are you prepared for the storm? More>>

Swipe Card Reform: One Year Later, Restaurants and Customers Ready and Waiting for Relief from High Debit Card Fees   May 16, 2011

One year after Congress passed a landmark law putting an end to exorbitant debit card processing fees, customers and businesses alike are ready to see reforms implemented. More>>

Donna Hood Crecca Article
Four Developing Storms to Track: Protecting Your Drink Sales    May 16, 2011

Four issues – the NFL lockout, gasoline prices, consumer behavior changes and the CARE Act – may affect bar sales this summer. Get ahead of them now and protect your drink sales.More>>

Passage of Maryland Law Demonstrates Effectiveness of State-Based Alcohol Regulatory System    May 9, 2011

Maryland will join the nearly 40 states that allow direct-to-consumer sales of wine when Governor Martin O'Malley signs the "Alcoholic Beverages – Direct Wine Shipment" legislation into law.More>>

Patron behavior Article
Fight Club   May 2, 2011

Violence in and around nightlife venues appears to be on the rise. No average clubgoer expects to be injured during his or her night on the town, and no venue owner expects it will happen on his or her property. Who is to blame for these reprehensible actions? More>>

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Article
Alcohol Excluded from Menu Labeling   May 2, 2011

While food items are the target of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) latest proposed menu-labeling regulations, your drink menu remains safe.More>>

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