In our latest poll, we stated that violations and noncompliance to state liquor laws have been on the increase, prompting the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) to send letters last month to alcohol regulators of all 50 states, strongly urging them to enforce the laws in place and crack down on violators. This is clearly a hot issue, and affects all segments of the beverage alcohol industry. It can also get complicated, as laws can vary from state to state. In our poll question, we asked if beverage alcohol suppliers should be allowed to ship product directly to consumers.
Interestingly, the majority of respondents – almost 42 percent – agreed that direct shipment of alcohol products should be allowed, but only if interstate purveyors check ID’s to ensure that the recipients of these products are of legal drinking age. However, while another approximately 28 percent of respondents agreed that beverage alcohol ought to be shipped directly to consumers, this group stressed that some regulatory body needs to be in place to ensure that tainted product or items expressly banned in certain jurisdictions are not sold or shipped.
But another large group of respondents – a bit more than 27 percent – disagreed with direct shipping. This segment feels that the three-tier distribution system is viable and works for the industry and that it should be the law in all 50 states. In another surprise, no respondents of the poll chose the fourth option: that where a ban on interstate shipping exists, enforcement should be stepped up and violators prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. To check out the current poll question, visit www.BevInfoGroup.com.