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Alabama Beverage Licensee Association Joins ABL

July 26, 2011


Bethesda, MD – Alabama Beverage Licensee Association (ABLA) has become the newest member of American Beverage Licensees, having successfully joined ABL as an affiliate organization. Bringing its growing membership to the national association, Alabama’s beverage licensees now join in the efforts of supporting the retail tier of the beverage alcohol industry, just as ABL will lend its strengths to beverage retailers in the “Heart of Dixie.”

Following the merger of the Alabama Liquor Alliance and a Tuscaloosa-based retail group into a single association in 2010, the one-year-old ABLA now represents the entire retail tier of the industry – including bars and package stores – from its headquarters in Tuscaloosa.

“ABLA has been actively working to preserve the rights of business owners in their state and ensure fair regulation for beverage licensees,” said ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich. “We are thrilled to work with them on national issues as they grow in Alabama.”

Alabama beverage retailers have been working to ensure their license fees and permits allow them the protection and benefits needed as costs rise.

“We want to protect small business owners against any new regulations and hopefully allow our businesses to compete in the future,” said ABLA Executive Director Brandon Owens. “We want to level the playing field between all businesses in Alabama so our owners can be more successful.”

Owens is already a familiar face amongst ABL members, having attended ABL’s annual convention the last few years. He has worked with ABL staff and the leaders of ABL affiliates in other states to learn how to organize members, and is grateful for the assistance they have already received prior to joining.

“I think it will be great to be involved in issues at the national level,” said Owens. “Our members will now have an additional way to reach our federal representatives and a network they can draw on for business advice from other members.”

As ABLA has brought the voice of beverage retailers to the leaders in Montgomery, they will now have a stake in the developments our nation’s capital, and a voice to represent them in Washington, D.C.


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