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07.2009

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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The WHISKY DETECTIVES

The vintage whisky business is big money – but the counterfeit whisky industry is even bigger. With a tremendous demand for rare vintage whiskies, the market has been flooded with fake bottles of worthless spirits. But even with all of the bogus whisky out there, collectors will go to great lengths and spend huge sums of money to obtain their coveted antique spirit. So what’s a wealthy investor to do? Leave it to scientists to [...] Read More »

JUST THE TAX, MA’AM . . .

The Massachusetts Senate voted in favor of a bill to increase the sales tax from 5% to 6.25% and for lifting the state sales tax exemption on alcohol sold at package stores.  The House approved the measure in April.  Both produced the veto-proof majority for the sales tax in opposition to Governor Patrick.  Will people drive to New Hampshire which has no sales tax, to purchase alcohol? [...] Read More »

A PASSPORT to BUY

There’s a new form of acceptable ID for buying alcohol in Massachusetts: a US passport card. Similar in size to a driver’s license the cards are authorized by the State Department and a substitute for the standard passport book. Liquor ID cards can be used for travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. The new cards join a Massachusetts driver’s license, state liquor ID, passport, and Military Identification Card as [...] Read More »

LABELS, LABELS, EVERYWHERE

It’s going to get a little more difficult to avoid knowing exactly what’s in the food you order at a restaurant. In May the Massachusetts Public Health Council approved new regulations requiring restaurant chains with 2O or more in-state stores to post calorie counts on menus and menu boards, including those stationed at the chains’ drive-through areas. The new regulations will go into effect November 1, 2O1O, and will affect approximately 5O restaurant chains, or [...] Read More »

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