Our most recent poll garnered a near-record of responses, and viewpoints were varied. The issue that sparked the significant response concerned the installation of roughly 100 satellite wine kiosks in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has proposed setting up the kiosks at or near grocery stores and malls in the state as a way to modernize the way it sells beverage alcohol. Approximately 30 percent of respondents agreed with the PLCB that the free-standing kiosks represent a modernized, and quite convenient, way to get wine into the hands of consumers.
However, the largest segment of poll respondents – nearly 35 percent – felt that wine sold in kiosks would end up in the wrong hands. This group expressed strong concern that kiosks would enable underage consumers to get access to wine, even though the PLCB has said that driver’s licenses and other forms of identification must be presented by anyone purchasing the wine at kiosks.
The third and fourth groups of poll respondents were nearly tied – they received roughly 18 percent each. One of these groups agreed that selling wine via kiosks was not good, but for a different reason than the possibility of underage consumption. They felt these sales could cut into the earnings of state off-premise liquor stores. And the last segment simply felt that while the ideas was a fair one, it would likely not have much of an impact on the sale of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania. To participate in our currently posted poll, please visit www.bevinfogroup.com.