Dis­trib­u­tors talk about sell­ing six-packs

Dis­trib­u­tors talk about sell­ing six-packs of beer

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Kath­leen E. Carey kcarey@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @dt­busi­ness on Twit­ter

As changes con­tinue to evolve into how al­co­hol is sold, pur­vey­ors of the adult bev­er­age are of­fer­ing their views.

As changes con­tinue to evolve into how al­co­hol is sold in Penn­syl­va­nia, pur­vey­ors of the adult bev­er­age are of­fer­ing their views on the most re­cent de­vel­op­ments.

Last week, the Penn­syl­va­nia Se­nate passed a pro­vi­sion that would al­low beer dis­trib­u­tors to sell beer for off-site con­sump­tion, such as six-packs and growlers, and to ship up to 192 ounces of beer to con­sumers each month. It would need gu­ber­na­to­rial ap­proval to be­come law.

Some pro­pri­etors were less than im­pressed with the mea­sure, es­pe­cially in light of ev­ery­thing that’s been un­fold­ing at the state level.

Last month, the Penn­syl­va­nia Liquor Con­trol Board ap­proved a res­tau­rant liquor li­cense for Wawa, giv­ing it per­mis­sion to start sell­ing six-packs at its Naa­mans Creek Road and Route 202 store.

Last week, the Penn­syl­va­nia Se­nate passed a pro­vi­sion that would al­low beer dis­trib­u­tors to sell beer for off-site con­sump­tion, such as six-packs and growlers, and to ship up to 192 ounces of beer to con­sumers each month.

In Au­gust, the board be­gan ap­prov­ing wine ex­panded per­mits, giv­ing stores such as Acme Mar­kets, Weg­mans and Gi­ant Food Stores, in cer­tain lo­ca­tions like Down­ing­town, Glen Mills, Me­dia and Haver­town the op­por­tu­nity to sell up to 3 liters of wine to go per trans­ac­tion. When the leg­is­la­tion was be­ing con­sid­ered, the Penn­syl­va­nia Cham­ber of Busi­ness and In­dus­try said the move could re­sult in an ad­di­tional $150 mil­lion of rev­enue for the 2016-2017

fis­cal year.

Ear­lier this year, in May, the PLCB ap­proved the first round of ap­pli­ca­tions al­low­ing busi­nesses that also sell gas to sell up to 192 ounces of malt or brewed bev­er­ages.

Some lo­cal beer dis­trib­u­tors,

how­ever, had their reser­va­tions with all of these changes, in­clud­ing the one be­ing con­sid­ered that would al­low them to sell six-packs and growlers.

John Shin, man­ager of County Bev­er­age at 119 S. Mon­roe St. in Me­dia, is op­posed to it.

“I don’t like it,” he said. “We only sell cases. I don’t like to sell six-packs.”

Don Cian­ci­ulli over at Sham­rock Bev­er­age at 1010 MacDade Blvd. in the Fol­som sec­tion of Ri­d­ley Town­ship agreed.

“The prob­lem I find with all of it is they’re only do­ing it so they can­not get bite back from giv­ing su­per­mar­kets beer,” the man­ager of the 12-year-old es­tab­lish­ment said. “They’re only try­ing to pacify us.”

His thoughts on beer dis­trib­u­tors sell­ing six-packs of­fered no less ap­peal.

“We’re a whole­saler,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

Mean­while, fa­cil­i­ties such as the Me­dia VFW Post 3460 wouldn’t be im­pacted by the state se­nate pro­posal, but talk to the can­teen man­ager there and he’ll share his opin­ion on some other

changes that oc­curred.

Pat Flana­gan ex­plained his VFW has a club and ca­ter­ing li­cense sim­i­lar to Amer­i­can Le­gions and Knights of Colum­bus, and they can only sell prod­uct on-site.

He ex­plained that a change in the state law added an­other $700 on top of what they pay an­nu­ally for their liquor li­cense.

“It af­fects ev­ery­body,” Flana­gan said. “Some­body like us, that’s a ma­jor im­pact but when you talk about a place like Iron Hill, it’s a drop in the bucket.”

Still, the or­ga­ni­za­tion, which has been in ex­is­tence since 1939 and has 200 ac­tive mem­bers and 50 so­cial mem­bers, con­tin­ues to reach out to state of­fi­cials to see if any­thing can be done.

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Beer dis­trib­u­tors are weigh­ing in on the lat­est spin on the state’s ever-chang­ing laws when it comes to sell­ing beer. They may get the chance to sell six-packs and growlers.

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