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06.2012

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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BEAM GOES TO NEW HEIGHTS FOR ACQUISITIONS

Beam Inc. is definitely in acquisition mode. The drinks company has announced a deal to buy Pinnacle vodka and another brand from White Rock Distilleries Inc. for around $6OO million. Beam, which was spun off from Fortune Brands Inc. last year, is paying all cash to acquire Pinnacle and rum brand Calico Jack from White Rock Distilleries, a privately owned company with a portfolio of about 5O beverages. Beam has sought to grow its business [...] Read More »

GETTING SAUCED ON SANITIZER

It’s time to lock up the hand sanitizer. Proving yet again that they are nowhere near responsible enough to drink alcohol, a disturbing number of teenagers are trying to get drunk from hand sanitizer. Health officials in California have reported the rise of a troubling new trend in Southland emergency rooms: teenagers being treated for alcohol poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer. Apparently, they’re using a method of gleaning alcohol from the sanitizer (which is 62% [...] Read More »

SUNDAY SALES COME TO CONNECTICUT

The times they are a changin’. After a long battle, Sunday sales of alcohol will finally become a reality in Connecticut. House Bill 5O21, bipartisan compromise legislation, allows for alcohol sales on Sunday and certain holidays; the ability for retailers to own three liquor licenses instead of two; and a task force to study other necessary liquor law reforms. Also under the bill, the state’s package stores will be allowed to sell some new products, [...] Read More »

ABCC HAPPY HOUR HEARINGS

Could Happy Hours be making a comeback in Massachusetts?  With casinos poised to arrive in the state, it’s a possibility.  The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) is holding a series of public hearings for the purpose of comment and testimony concerning the Commission’s study on whether the “Happy Hour Regulation” (2O4 CMR 4.OO, et seq.) should be updated or amended in order to protect on-premises alcoholic beverages licensees from unfair competition with proposed gaming establishments.  [...] Read More »

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