American Beverage Licensees https://www.ablusa.org America’s Beer, Wine & Spirits Retailers Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:34:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://www.ablusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/cropped-abl-icon-32x32.png American Beverage Licensees https://www.ablusa.org 32 32 American Beverage Licensees Announces Additional Annual Meeting Speakers https://www.ablusa.org/american-beverage-licensees-announces-additional-speakers-for-annual-meeting-speakers/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:26:36 +0000 https://www.ablusa.org/?p=5938 February 13, 2018 – Bethesda, MD – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) is pleased to announce more featured speakers and panelists for the 2018 ABL Annual Meeting, to be held March 11-13, 2018 at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“As we count down to the ABL Annual Meeting, we are excited to add more impressive beverage alcohol industry leaders, analysts and media to what is already a great program,” said ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich. “These speakers will provide attendees with insights into beverage alcohol trends, retail market data, and industry association leadership.”

Additional speakers at the 2018 ABL Annual Meeting include:

Jim McGreevy | President & CEO | Beer Institute
A 20-year veteran of policy and political work, Jim McGreevy serves as President and CEO of the Beer Institute, the national trade association that represents America’s brewers, beer importers and supply-chain partners – a $350 billion industry that supports more than 2.2 million American jobs. As the national voice for the industry, Jim advocates on policy matters involving Congress, state legislatures, courts and regulatory agencies.

Kraig R. Naasz | President & CEO | Distilled Spirits Council
Kraig R. Naasz is the President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council, the national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States. The Council supports policies that increase adult market access for spirits products, provide greater convenience and choices for adult consumers, and encourage responsible and moderate consumption. Kraig previously served as the chief executive of the American Frozen Food Institute, The Fertilizer Institute and the U.S. Apple Association.

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Chris Furnari Editor | Brewbound
Chris Furnari is the editor of Brewbound, focusing on the beer business. In addition to overseeing daily content, Furnari also plans and executes Brewbound’s business networking events — Brewbound Session and Brew Talks. He is a regular at industry gatherings and has been cited in mainstream media publications such as CNBC, USA Today, The Boston Globe, Mashable and Wired Magazine, among others.

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Matthew Crompton | Client Director | Nielsen CGA
Matthew Crompton is an Client Director for Nielsen CGA and is responsible for the implementation of Nielsen CGA’s On-Premise services in the US. Since joining CGA Strategy in January 2010, Matthew has risen through the CGA ranks becoming an expert in all things On-Premise. Matthew has managed and provided consultancy for some of the largest Bev Al manufacturers across Europe including Diageo, Anheuser Busch and William Grant & Sons. He is now part of the U.S. On-Premise Specialist team, providing first-class insight into that market.

Danelle Kosmal | Vice President – Beverage Alcohol Practice | The Nielsen Companies
As Vice President of Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Practice, Danelle provides industry thought leadership and best practice solutions to beer, wine, and spirits clients, industry groups, and the media. She is committed to leveraging Nielsen’s breadth of resources to provide an integrated and holistic understanding of consumer behavior and retail trends across beer, wine, and spirits. Danelle has more than 15 years of marketing experience, and has been with Nielsen for over 10 years, working across various clients in the food, beverage, and consumer goods industries. Prior to joining the Beverage Alcohol Practice, Danelle led Nielsen’s business at MillerCoors in Chicago.

These meeting participants join other industry leaders, brands and organizations at ABL’s signature annual event. ABL will also honor Mark Brown, President & CEO of Sazerac Company, Inc., with the 2018 ABL Top Shelf Award. The ABL Top Shelf Award recognizes those who have demonstrated professional excellence in the beverage alcohol industry and have had a positive influence in their community, and is the highest honor presented by America’s beer, wine and spirits retailers. The award will be presented at the ABL Honors Gala on March 12, 2018.

Registration for the annual meeting is currently available online for $299 and includes access to all general sessions and hospitality-related events. Click here to view 2018 ABL Annual Meeting schedule of events. For more information on ABL or the annual meeting, please visit www.ablusa.org.

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American Beverage Licensees is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers. Direct retail beverage alcohol sales in the United States generate as many as 1.94 million well-paying jobs. ABL’s thousands of on-premise and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned establishments. The beverage retailing industry pays over $25.3 billion in federal taxes and $18.36 billion in state and local taxes. To learn more about ABL, visit www.ablusa.org.
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Leading Industry Brands & Organizations Supporting 2018 ABL Annual Meeting https://www.ablusa.org/leading-industry-brands-organizations-supporting-2018-abl-annual-meeting/ Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:13:55 +0000 https://www.ablusa.org/?p=5883 February 1, 2018 – Bethesda, MD – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) is pleased to announce its slate of event and hospitality sponsors for the 2018 ABL Annual Meeting, to be held March 11-13 at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino in New Orleans, Louisiana.  In addition to a robust education program, the annual meeting will feature hospitality events sponsored by leading beverage products and industry organizations, giving attendees opportunities to learn more about emerging brands.

ABL thanks the following companies and organizations for their sponsorship of events taking place during the 2018 ABL Annual Meeting:

B4 – What to Drink B4 You Drink

B4 was specifically designed to prevent post-drinking symptoms before they happen. By drinking a can of B4 shortly before your night begins, you’re fortifying your body with the electrolytes, amino acids, vitamins, plant extracts, antioxidants and minerals to protect against alcohol’s crash course through your system. Filled to the brim with an army of B Vitamins, glutathione and milk thistle, you’ll also have the metabolic energy to enjoy the night just as much as the morning after. B4 will serve as the official sponsor of the ABL Annual Meeting Attendee Breakfast on Monday, March 12th.

Brown-Forman

Founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown, Brown-Forman is one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies and among the top 10 largest global spirits companies, to sells its brands in countries around the world.  With more than 25 brands in its portfolio of wine and spirits, including such recognizable labels as Jack Daniels, Woodford Reserve, Herradura, Finlandia, Korbel and Sonoma-Cutrer, Brown-Forman employs more than 4,600 people worldwide with 1,300 located in Louisville, Kentucky. Brown-Forman will serve as the official sponsor of the ABL Retailer of the Year Reception on Monday, March 12th.

MillerCoors

MillerCoors, the second-largest beer company in the U.S., is responsible for nearly 30% of beer sales in the country annually. A wholly owned subsidiary of Molson Coors, MillerCoors produces Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Miller Genuine Draft, Coors, Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Leinenkugel’s, Crispin Hard Cider Company, Saint Archer Brewing Company, Hop Valley Brewing Company, Hamms and Blue Moon. MillerCoors will serve as the official sponsor of the ABL Annual Meeting Luncheon on Monday, March 12th.

National Association of Beverage Importers

Representing the interests of beer, wine and spirits importers at the state and federal levels, the National Association of Beverage Importers (NABI) is a national trade association whose mission is to help its importer members operate their businesses more efficiently and profitably by providing timely information, aggressive representation, and thoughtful advice on technical and political matters. NABI works on matters such as excise taxes; warning labels; responsible consumption policy and other health and safety issues; and in gaining access to foreign markets. NABI will serve as the official sponsor of the ABL Annual Meeting Opening Night Welcome Reception on Sunday, March 11th.

The Presidents’ Forum of the Distilled Spirits Industry

The Presidents’ Forum of the Distilled Spirits Industry (The Presidents’ Forum) is a group of leading companies with common interests in manufacturing, importing, and marketing distilled spirits products in the United States and around the world. The member companies represent about 55% of all distilled spirits sales in the United States.  The Presidents’ Forum brings its member companies together to share collective experiences and capabilities to address common issues; provides self-policing guidelines for appropriate and responsible advertising and promotion of spirits products; and works and coordinates with other beverage alcohol trade associations to ensure our perspective is heard across the industry. The Presidents’ Forum will serve as the official sponsor of the ABL Board of Directors Breakfast on Sunday, March 11th.

ABL also thanks the following companies for their sponsorship of the annual ABL Honors Gala, being held Monday, March 12th, and featuring the following brands:

Bayou Rum

Bushmill’s Red Bush Irish Whiskey

Deep Eddy Vodka

Don Q Gran Anejo

Koskenkorva Vodka

Samson & Surrey

Southern Comfort

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

BOOK TODAY: The room block for the 2018 ABL Annual Meeting at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino is filling fast and is scheduled to close on Friday, February 9.  Please note that room availability at the reduced ABL cost of $229.00 + $14.99 daily resort fee (Fri-Sat) and $179.00 + $14.99 daily resort fee (Sun-Tues) is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the room block is filled, attendees will be responsible for securing their own accommodation outside of the ABL room block. As such, we encourage you to reach out to your members and remind them to book now!

Registration for the annual meeting is currently available online for $299 and includes access to all general sessions and hospitality-related events. Click here to view 2018 ABL Annual Meeting schedule of events. For more information on ABL or the annual meeting, please visit www.ablusa.org.

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American Beverage Licensees is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers. Direct retail beverage alcohol sales in the United States generate as many as 1.94 million well-paying jobs. ABL’s thousands of on-premise and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned establishments.  The beverage retailing industry pays over $25.3 billion in federal taxes and $18.36 billion in state and local taxes. To learn more about ABL, visit www.ablusa.org.
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Annual Meeting Speakers to Provide Insight into Range of Issues Impacting Beverage Retailers https://www.ablusa.org/annual-meeting-speakers-to-provide-insight-into-range-of-issues-impacting-beverage-retailers/ Fri, 26 Jan 2018 20:51:02 +0000 https://www.ablusa.org/?p=5836 January 26, 2018 – Bethesda, MD – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) announced additional speakers for the 2018 ABL Annual Meeting, to be held March 11-13, 2018 at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino in New Orleans, Louisiana. Additional announcements are expected in the coming weeks that will build on a program already rich with unique perspectives on a range of issues directly affecting beverage licensees.

“For the past 16 years, ABL has worked diligently to build its annual meeting into the marquee event for independent beverage retailers to learn about new and emerging industry trends, important regulatory and legislative developments, as well as to provide a forum for retailers from across the country to come together to share and network,” said ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich. “We value the opportunity the annual meeting provides to celebrate our industry, relate to one another, and impart valuable information to our members that will help them and their businesses in the years to come.”

Presenters for the 2018 ABL Annual Meeting currently include:

Tom Cole | President & CEO | Republic National Distribution Company | Topic: Keynote Address
Tom Cole has served as the President & CEO of RNDC since its creation in 2006, helping the business grow to be the nation’s second largest distributor of wines and spirits with sales of approximately $6.5 billion. He has been in the wine and spirits industry for over 30 years, having launched his career with Duval Spirits Company in Florida in 1981 and was named President of Magnolia Marketing Company in 1991. He has continued in the chief executive position through several expansions, culminating in the merger of Republic Beverage Company with National Distributing Company. Tom’s Keynote Address will cover the future of wholesale distribution in the evolving marketplace.

Elizabeth Frazee | Co-Chair | MIC Coalition | Topic: Music Licensing
Named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper, Elizabeth has a 30-year career in Washington that encompasses over a decade working in high-level jobs on Capitol Hill, executive experience at leading tech and entertainment companies and years of successful representation of companies, trade associations and non-profits as a policy advocate and political strategist. An expert at managing issue campaigns and running industry coalitions, Elizabeth delivers results for her clients by interweaving a thorough understanding of substantive policy, communications, politics and an impressive network of contacts.

Rick Garza | Director | Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board | Topic: Alcohol & Cannabis Regulation
Rick Garza has been with the Liquor Cannabis Board since 1997. During Rick’s career with WSLCB he has also held the positions of Legislative and Tribal Liaison, Policy Director and Deputy Director. Prior to joining the Liquor and Cannabis Board, Rick served 13 years as a staff member for the Washington State Legislature, including five years with the Washington State Senate and eight years with the state House. His legislative assignments included Policy Analyst in the state Senate, House of Representatives Staff Director, and adviser to House and Senate leadership.

Brandy Nannini | Vice President – Govt. Relations & Traffic Safety | Responsibility.org | Topic: Impaired Driving
As Vice President – Gov. Relations & Traffic Safety, Brandy is responsible for relationships with Members of Congress, State Attorneys General, Federal agencies, governors, state legislators, and agencies, as well as local elected officials. She is also responsible for the organization’s public policy efforts including the development and implementation of policy positions. Ms. Nannini also directs the organization’s traffic safety programs. Brandy began her career at the National Office of MADD, where for more than a decade she managed MADD’s state and national public policy efforts.

Jim Webster | Managing Partner | Webster Powell P.C. | Topic: Alcohol Legal Update
Jim is the founding partner of Chicago based Webster Powell, P.C., a law firm specializing in the alcohol and hospitality industries. With over 35 years of practice in these industries, Jim represents clients in all three tiers of the industry across the United States. Jim served as the co-chairman of the ABA Committee on Alcoholic Beverages. He has assisted the National Center for Alcohol Law Enforcement in training Wisconsin law enforcement agencies regarding alcohol related incidents and arrests. He was active in the founding and governance of the Chicago Hospitality Resource Partnership, a non-profit resource group that assisted Chicago community neighborhoods in planning, managing and policing hospitality and entertainment districts.

ABL will also honor Mark Brown, President & CEO of Sazerac Company, Inc., as the recipient of the 2018 ABL Top Shelf Award. The ABL Top Shelf Award, the highest honor presented by America’s beer, wine and spirits retailers, recognizes those who have demonstrated professional excellence in the beverage alcohol industry and have had a positive influence in their community. The award will be presented at the ABL Honors Gala on March 12, 2018.

Registration for the annual meeting is currently available online for $299 and includes access to all general sessions and hospitality-related events. Click here to view 2018 ABL Annual Meeting schedule of events. For more information on ABL or the annual meeting, please visit www.ablusa.org.

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American Beverage Licensees is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers. Direct retail beverage alcohol sales in the United States generate as many as 1.94 million well-paying jobs. ABL’s thousands of on-premise and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned establishments. The beverage retailing industry pays over $25.3 billion in federal taxes and $18.36 billion in state and local taxes. To learn more about ABL, visit www.ablusa.org.
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ABL State & Local News Archive Now Available to Members https://www.ablusa.org/abl-state-local-news-archive-now-available-to-members/ Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:46:45 +0000 https://www.ablusa.org/?p=5772 Wide-Ranging Catalog of State & Local News Includes Licensing & Regulatory Coverage

January 24, 2018 – Bethesda, MD – As part of a growing effort to assist its state affiliate members with information and resources, American Beverage Licensees (ABL) announced today that it has launched a new State & Local News Archive.

The archive provides ABL members with a repository of state and local news stories pulled from past issues of the ABL Weekly, ABL’s weekly e-newsletter, and is the most recent addition to the content-rich members-only section of the association’s website, www.ablusa.org.

For more than five years, ABL has brought ABL Weekly subscribers a wide-range of news stories on topics and issues specific to each state, including: licensing initiatives; regulatory developments; direct-to-consumer shipping; three-tier issues; marijuana legalization; Sunday sales; impaired driving; grocery and convenience store sales; mobile alcohol ordering and delivery; and more.

The archive currently contains all ABL Weekly state and local news stories from 2017, and will be updated on a regular basis to provide members with the latest news from their respective states.

“ABL is focused on addressing the needs of our state association members and one of those needs is for reliable news and information from other states where similar policy and regulatory debates are taking place,” said ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich. “This archive is another resource that will assist ABL members as they interact with members of the media, state and local legislators, government agencies and state regulators.”

In addition to the State & Local News Archive, ABL has released a Policy News & Updates Archive, containing national and regional policy updates on such topics as music licensing, swipe fee reforms, BAC regulations, tax reform, and employment regulations.

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American Beverage Licensees is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers. Direct retail beverage alcohol sales in the United States generate as many as 1.94 million well-paying jobs. ABL’s thousands of on-premise and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned establishments. The beverage retailing industry pays over $25.3 billion in federal taxes and $18.36 billion in state and local taxes. To learn more about ABL, visit www.ablusa.org.
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American Beverage Licensees Executive Director John Bodnovich: Statement on the NAS Report on Alcohol-Impaired Driving https://www.ablusa.org/american-beverage-licensees-executive-director-john-bodnovich-statement-on-the-nas-report-on-alcohol-impaired-driving/ Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:57:00 +0000 https://www.ablusa.org/?p=5746 BETHESDA, MD – January 17, 2018 – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) Executive Director John Bodnovich issued the following statement regarding the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study “Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem”.

“Independent beverage business owners, with strong ties to their local communities, have long been engaged in efforts to oppose and stop drunk driving. They view themselves as partners with policymakers, local law enforcement and other stakeholders committed to addressing impaired driving.”

“Therefore, it is disappointing that much of today’s report takes a step back, instead of a step forward, in addressing the complexities involved with impaired driving. The report reflects a battery of recycled recommendations and, more disturbingly, represents a squandered opportunity to be inclusive and forward-looking when it comes to drugged and distracted driving.”

“It also raises serious questions about what the $2 million spent on the report could have funded to more directly address impaired driving.”

“Perhaps most troubling is the study’s unserious suggestion to reject meaningful contributions of the alcohol industry – and any groups that receive funding from the industry – when it comes to fighting impaired driving.”

“To suggest that local bars, taverns and package stores have no role to play in this fight ignores those who are already on the front lines of preventing impaired driving and limits our societal efforts to address this problem.”

“Along with groups focused on public safety who support the strong enforcement of the .08 BAC level, ABL opposes the study’s call to arbitrarily lower the BAC limit to .05. Doing so would effectively criminalize the activities of law-abiding, responsible social drinkers. It would also dilute current efforts to stop repeat offenders and those who drive with a BAC of nearly twice the legal limit, who represent the majority of drunk drivers.”

“Despite the tone and recommendations in this report, beer, wine and spirits retailers will seek to build on the historic decline in alcohol-related traffic fatalities over the past three decades. Beverage licensees will continue to work within their communities and with public officials to support effective drunk driving policies while opposing those that undermine the important steps already taken in this fight.”

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American Beverage Licensees is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers. Direct retail beverage alcohol sales in the United States generate as many as 1.94 million well-paying jobs. ABL’s thousands of on-premise and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned establishments. The beverage retailing industry pays over $25.3 billion in federal taxes and $18.36 billion in state and local taxes. To learn more about ABL, visit www.ablusa.org.
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RNDC President & CEO Tom Cole to Deliver Keynote Address at ABL Annual Meeting https://www.ablusa.org/rndc-president-ceo-tom-cole-to-deliver-keynote-address-at-abl-annual-meeting/ Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:17:55 +0000 https://www.ablusa.org/?p=5658 Will Address Beverage Alcohol Retailers on the Future of Distribution

December 20, 2017 – Bethesda, MD – American Beverage Licensees (ABL), is pleased to announce that Tom Cole, President & CEO of Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), will deliver the keynote address at the association’s upcoming annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 11-13, 2018.

“Most ABL members have business relationships with RNDC, Breakthru Beverages or both companies,” said ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich. “We are excited to welcome Tom as this year’s keynote speaker and look forward to his perspective on the recent announcement of the merger between RNDC and Breakthru Beverage Group and the future of the distribution tier of our industry.”

In November 2017, RNDC and Breakthru Beverage Group announced that they would combine their assets and operations to create the nation’s second-largest wholesale distributor, with operations in 27 states. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018.

Tom Cole has served as the President & CEO of RNDC since its creation in 2006, helping the business grow to be the nation’s second largest distributor of wines and spirits with sales of approximately $6.5 billion. He has been in the wine and spirits industry for over 30 years, having launched his career with Duval Spirits Company in Florida in 1981 and was named President of Magnolia Marketing Company in 1991.

He has continued in the chief executive position through several expansions, culminating in the merger of Republic Beverage Company with National Distributing Company. He also serves on the board of directors of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America and its Government Affairs Committee. A New Orleans resident for the last 24 years, Tom is originally from Mt. Vernon, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Miami, Florida.

Registration for the 2018 ABL Annual Meeting is currently available online for $299, and includes access to all general sessions and hospitality-related events. Click here to view 2017 ABL Annual Meeting schedule of events. For more information on ABL or the annual meeting, please visit www.ablusa.org.

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ABL to Recognize Sazerac CEO Mark Brown with 2018 Top Shelf Award https://www.ablusa.org/abl-to-recognize-sazerac-ceo-mark-brown-with-2018-top-shelf-award/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 21:55:46 +0000 https://www.ablusa.org/?p=5580 Award Will Be Presented at the 16th ABL Annual Meeting in New Orleans

November 27, 2017 – Bethesda, MD – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) is proud to announce Mark Brown, President & CEO of Sazerac Company, Inc., will be recognized with the 2018 ABL Top Shelf Award at ABL’s 16th Annual Meeting on March 12, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The ABL Top Shelf Award, the highest honor presented by America’s beer, wine and spirits retailers, recognizes those who have demonstrated professional excellence in the beverage alcohol industry, and have had a positive influence in their community.

Brown got his start in the beverage alcohol business at a relatively young age when he began working in his family’s pub business in the United Kingdom in 1971.  In 1976, Brown joined British alcohol cider-maker H.P. Bulmer as a salesperson, and by 1978 was Sales Trainer.  He came to the United States in 1980, operating as the U.S. Field Sales Manager for Bulmer. From 1981 to 1992 he served as Director of New Products, National Sales Manager and, eventually, Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Sazerac.

Brown left Sazerac and joined Brown-Forman (no relation) as Senior Vice President and COO of the Select Brands Group for two years.  He then spent the next three years as President of the Advancing Markets Group, before returning to Sazerac in June 1997 in his current role as President & CEO, where the company’s portfolio includes brands such as Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, George T. Stagg, Pappy Van Winkle, Sazerac Rye, and Southern Comfort.

“Mark Brown is synonymous with the beverage alcohol industry – an industry that Mark has been a part of not just professionally for more than 30 years, but really for his entire life,” said ABL President Steve Morris. “ABL is honored to present Mark with the 2018 Top Shelf Award in recognition of his dedication and commitment to the thriving three-tiers of the industry and the community surrounding his adoptive home of New Orleans.”

The ABL Top Shelf Award will be presented at the ABL Honors Gala on March 12, which is part of the 16th ABL Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 11-13, 2018.  For more information about the event or to register, please visit the ABL Annual Meeting website or www.ablusa.org.

 

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American Beverage Licensees is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers. Direct retail beverage alcohol sales in the United States generate as many as 1.94 million well-paying jobs. ABL’s thousands of on-premise and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned establishments.  The beverage retailing industry pays over $25.3 billion in federal taxes and $18.36 billion in state and local taxes. To learn more about ABL, visit www.ablusa.org.

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2018 ABL Annual Meeting Registration Now Open https://www.ablusa.org/2018-abl-annual-meeting-registration-now-open/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:38:45 +0000 https://www.ablusa.org/?p=5540 With Theme of “Navigating the Future,” Association’s Signature Event to Feature Presentations from Industry Leaders, Networking Opportunities & Hospitality Events

 

BETHESDA, MD – November 16, 2017 – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) is proud to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 ABL Annual Meeting, to be held March 11-13, 2018 at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino in New Orleans, Louisiana. ABL’s signature annual event brings together on- and off-premise beverage licensees to celebrate their important role within the three-tier beverage alcohol industry. Registration is available online for $299, which includes access to all general sessions and ABL hospitality events.

As with previous ABL Annual Meetings, general sessions will provide attendees with the latest information on the beverage alcohol industry from on- and off-premise industry experts. Presentations, briefings and interactive panel discussions will address the alcohol policy environment, product trends and strategies for beverage retailers to improve their businesses. Additional information regarding speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

“ABL is excited to host our 16th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, a city synonymous with beer, wine, spirits and hospitality,” said ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich. “With the theme of ‘Navigating the Future,’ the meeting will provide beverage licensees – both on- and off-premise alike – with informative sessions and take-aways that can be applied directly to their businesses back home.”

In addition to formal education session, the ABL Annual Meeting will include hospitality events designed with networking in mind so that beverage licensees can interact with their peers from across the country, and meet with executives from the distributor and producer tiers of the beverage alcohol industry. As part of the meeting, ABL will host the ABL Honors Gala reception and dinner, celebrating leading beverage retailers with the “Retailer of the Year” awards, and recognizing the 2018 ABL Top Shelf Award honoree.

ABL welcomes a variety of sponsors for the Annual Meeting, which provides brands and companies with a means of maximizing their exposure and sharing their products with leading beverage retailers and state retail trade associations. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels and can be customized to fit sponsor goals. More information is available by contacting the ABL office at 301-656-1494.

Please click here to register today! For more information, please visit www.ablusa.org.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Be sure to follow ABL on Facebook and Twitter, and remember to use the hashtags #ABLMeeting18 and #NavigatingTheFuture when posting!

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Celebrate Package Liquor Store Month This November https://www.ablusa.org/celebrate-package-liquor-store-month-this-november/ Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:55:45 +0000 https://www.ablusa.org/?p=5442 8th Annual Celebration Recognizes the Role Independent Off-Premise Retailers Have in Job Creation, Product Accessibility & Responsible Policies

 

BETHESDA, MD – October 31, 2017 – This November, American Beverage Licensees (ABL) and licensed beverage alcohol retailers nationwide will join together to celebrate the 8th Annual Package Liquor Store Month and the thousands of local beer, wine and spirits retails that form the vibrant American beverage marketplace.

The month of November kicks off the busy holiday sales season for package stores and is the perfect time to recognize the important role that these small businesses play in their local communities. Through hard work and a focus on the needs of their customers, independent package liquor store owners continue to deliver choice and value for adult consumers across the United States.

“We take great pride in celebrating Package Liquor Store Month and recognizing not only the purveyors of distilled spirits, but all off-premise retailers whose focus is selling beer, wine and spirits,” said ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich. “Whether it’s a traditional package liquor store or a beer-and-wine store, these businesses offer tens of thousands of products; provide hundreds of thousands of jobs; pay millions in taxes and generate billions in economic impact.”

Package stores are some of the last independently-owned businesses on “Main Street” in America’s cities and towns.  They serve as the face of the beverage industry for consumers within the framework of the three-tier system of alcohol suppliers, distributors and retailers. Beverage alcohol brands are built by these businesses, and for many beverage consumers, their local package liquor store introduces them to new styles, flavors and varieties from an ever-evolving beverage industry.  This customer service and education often comes from trusted experts and includes how best to enjoy and share these products responsibly with friends and family.

In many states, legislators and regulators have recognized that the best and safest place to sell distilled spirits is at a licensed package liquor store.  Package store owners appreciate the uniqueness of the products they sell, embracing responsibility and the privileges conferred to them with that license.  Unlike some other industries, brick-and-mortar beverage businesses must abide by their state-specific laws for selling alcohol and are accountable to their state alcohol authorities.  As such, licensees are continuously training themselves and their staff to conduct safe and responsible sales to adult consumers, and are leading the fight to prevent underage access to alcohol.

Across the country, off-premise beverage alcohol retailers also play an important and dynamic role within the greater economy – both at the state and federal levels – with an overall economic impact of $87.9 billion last year.  These retailers further account for more than 531,000 jobs and $33.12 billion in wages and benefits (averaging $39,800 annually) – along with $6.22 billion in state taxes and $7.76 billion in federal taxes.

“Independent package liquor stores are more than just purveyors of beer, wine, and spirits in the neighborhoods where they operate,” said ABL President Steve Morris. “They are also an integral part of their communities providing various forms of support to local events, civic endeavors and charitable organizations and community groups.”

This November, ABL encourages you to show your support for Package Liquor Store Month by posting a picture of your favorite package liquor store to Facebook and/or Twitter using the hashtag #PLSMonth.

 

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American Beverage Licensees is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers.  Direct retail beverage alcohol sales in the United States generate as many as 1.94 million well-paying jobs.  ABL’s thousands of on-premise and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned establishments.  The beverage retailing industry pays over $25.3 billion in federal taxes and $18.36 billion in state and local taxes.  To learn more about ABL, visit www.ablusa.org.
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Beverage Licensees Support Bipartisan Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act https://www.ablusa.org/beverage-licensees-support-bipartisan-transparency-in-music-licensing-and-ownership-act/ Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:45:23 +0000 https://www.ablusa.org/?p=5048 Bill Would Establish Digital Database, Bringing Copyright Ownership & Licensing Information to the Public and Stakeholders

July 21, 2017 – Bethesda, MD – American Beverage Licensees (ABL), a national trade association representing nearly 15,000 beverage alcohol retailers, announced its support today for the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act (H.R. 3350). The bipartisan bill, introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and cosponsored by Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), and Steve Chabot (R-OH), would establish a reliable, unified database of copyright ownership and licensing information for musical works.

“Beverage licensees thank Congressmen Sensenbrenner for his legacy of strong leadership on music licensing issues and his recognition that increasing transparency in the music licensing system benefits licensees and artists alike,” said ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich. “Many bars and taverns obtain licenses so that music can be legally played in their businesses. The database that this bill calls for will provide them with dependable information on which they can make entertainment choices for their businesses.”

Bar and tavern owners, who already operate in the traditionally-regulated beverage alcohol industry, understand the importance of observing laws and regulations, including complying with copyright laws for the public use of musical works. Beverage licensees generally use copyrighted musical works – either via streaming service, jukebox, karaoke, live bands, DJs, or otherwise – by purchasing licenses from performing rights organizations (PROs). Each year, these licensed beverage businesses support songwriters by collectively paying millions of dollars in licensing fees to PROs.

Under the current system, bars and taverns have no verifiable and reliable way to determine which musical work rights belong to each of the PROs. This prevents beverage licensees from making informed business decisions when it comes to purchasing music licenses and knowing what they are getting when they obtain licenses from PROs. This uncertainty can result in protracted disputes between small business owners and PROs. More ominously, it can lead to bars and taverns shutting down live music in their businesses altogether.

The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act would alleviate this problem through the creation of a public database that identifies entities through which musical works are licensed in a format that reflects current technological practices; is updated on a real-time basis; and is publicly accessible without charge. By establishing the database under the Register of Copyrights, and encouraging rights owners to register their works with the database, this bill will benefit all stakeholders in the music marketplace.

“This is a bipartisan issue, affecting hospitality businesses in every town, city and state across America,” said Bodnovich. “Beverage licensees have been clear that their focus is on bringing transparency to the music licensing process. The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act is a sensible step toward that goal, and we look forward to working with Congressman Sensenbrenner to advocate for this legislation.”

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About American Beverage Licensees: ABL is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers. Direct retail beverage alcohol sales in the United States generate as many as 1.94 million well-paying jobs. ABL’s thousands of on-premise and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned establishments.  The beverage retailing industry pays over $25.3 billion in federal taxes and $18.36 billion in state and local taxes. To learn more about ABL, visit www.ablusa.org.

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ABL Applauds Congress for Keeping Pro-Competitive Debit Card Swipe Fee Policy in Place https://www.ablusa.org/abl-applauds-congress-for-keeping-pro-competitive-debit-card-swipe-fee-policy-in-place/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:41:16 +0000 https://www.ablusa.org/?p=4877 June 9, 2017 – Bethesda, MD – American Beverage Licenses (ABL) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to pass the Financial CHOICE Act, which keeps pro-competitive debit card swipe fee policies in place and aids retailers and consumers in the battle against excessive swipe fees.

“On behalf of the nearly 15,000 independent bar, tavern and package store owners ABL represents, I would like to thank members of Congress for their determined efforts during the legislative process to listen to the concerns of the beverage retailer community and support a bill that maintains laws that have helped level the debit card routing market, and takes into account runaway swipe fees,” said ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich.

The Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (H.R. 10), sponsored by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, was passed by the House on June 8, 2017 with a 233-186 vote. The bill received widespread attention as the initial draft included language that would have repealed the consumer and small business measures included in the Durbin Amendment. Repealing or weakening the swipe fee law would have removed competition from the debit routing market, and eliminated other reforms that have benefitted consumers by making transactions not only less expensive, but also more secure.

ABL members and state affiliates played an important role in this spring’s swipe fee debate, responding to ABL’s call to action and opposing the repeal of the Durbin Amendment. Their grassroots advocacy amplified the chorus of American retail businesses that was heard loud and clear across Capitol Hill.

“This is an important win for our members because it’s a bottom line issue that affects their businesses and their customers,” said Bodnovich. “An effort like this is a good reminder that beverage licensees will stand up for their interests on Capitol Hill and continue to play an important role in policy debates that affect their businesses.”

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About American Beverage Licensees: ABL is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers. Direct retail beverage alcohol sales in the United States generate as many as 1.94 million well-paying jobs. ABL’s thousands of on-premise and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned establishments. The beverage retailing industry pays over $25.3 billion in federal taxes and $18.36 billion in state and local taxes. To learn more about ABL, visit www.ablusa.org.

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May Is National Tavern Month https://www.ablusa.org/may-is-national-tavern-month/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:35:35 +0000 https://www.ablusa.org/?p=4667 Join ABL in Recognizing Bar & Tavern Owners by Celebrating the 64th Annual Tavern Month

April 28, 2017 – Bethesda, MD – Since 1953, Tavern Month has served as an opportunity to support local hospitality businesses, promote the responsible service and enjoyment of beverage alcohol, and educate the public about the economic engine formed by the hundreds of thousands of on-premise beverage licensees throughout the United States. Which is why this May, ABL and America’s Beer, Wine & Spirits Retailers encourage everyone to recognize their local bars and taverns by celebrating Tavern Month.

Long known as the “Friendliest Place in Town,” the American bar and tavern represent the epitome of community spirit and social culture – both of which are at the core of this nation’s civic fabric. Be it the corner pub, a trendy lounge, a wine bar, or a family-owned and operated tavern, they all have the same essential function: serving as a place where people come together for meetings, celebrations, and remembrances. Simply put, they are places where people come to share.

Bars and taverns have played an integral role in the development and formation of this nation for nearly 250 years: in 1773, the Sons of Liberty planned the Boston Tea Party at the Green Dragon Tavern in Boston; in 1787, 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention celebrated at Philadelphia’s City Tavern two days prior to the signing of the Constitution; and in 1833, Abraham Lincoln and associate William Berry opened three stores that doubled as bars, selling brandies, gin, wine, rum and whiskey.

“The important role played by bars and taverns in the history of this nation should not be overlooked,” noted ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich. “Whether it’s serving as a location for like-minded individuals to meet and discuss the pressing issues of the day, the sponsoring of local youth athletics programs, or working with local civic organizations to promote and support community initiatives, on-premise beverage retailers are there – and often times, they are leading the way.”

According to the 2016 Economic Impact Study of America’s Beer, Wine & Spirits Retailers, direct retail alcohol sales for on-premise, licensed establishments account for as many as 1.41 million jobs; $35.9 billion in wages and benefits; and more than $76 billion in economic impact annually.  When including all sales by on-premise, full-service restaurants and drinking places, those numbers climb to 5.66 million jobs; $136.7 billion in wages and benefits; and over $275 billion in economic impact.

As the retail tier within the Three-Tier System, bar and tavern owners also work with elected officials and state regulators on an on-going and continual basis to support sensible beverage alcohol policy. These owners also place a strong emphasis on providing the public with responsible service, as evidenced through various employee training programs and the implementation of programs and initiatives designed to both discourage and prevent drunk driving and underage access to alcohol.

This May, join ABL and its state and local bar and tavern association affiliates in embracing the historic and modern roles of the American bar and tavern, the hardworking individuals who strive to keep the doors of their businesses open, and the good jobs they provide to those in their communities. Celebrate Tavern Month this May by raising a glass to the American tavern – the friendliest place in town. To learn more about Tavern Month, click here!

 

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About American Beverage Licensees: ABL is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers. Direct retail beverage alcohol sales in the United States generate as many as 1.94 million well-paying jobs. ABL’s thousands of on-premise and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned establishments.  The beverage retailing industry pays over $25.3 billion in federal taxes and $18.36 billion in state and local taxes. To learn more about ABL, visit www.ablusa.org.
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