Two Important Bills to reduce regulations will be heard in the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government

Support SB 166- Free Craft Distilleries from Unnecessary Regulations

SB 166 deals with craft distilleries. A craft distillery is defined as one that is “a licensed distillery that produces 250,000 or fewer gallons per calendar year of distilled spirits on its premises.

SB 166 allows craft distilleries to get their product to more people by removing restrictions on how much distilleries can sell directly to customers. The current law says customers may purchase two bottles per brand/style per year.
The freedom to sell on-site is more profitable, and it allows for customers to try the product and share it with others outside the area. SB 166 also reduces the license fee for craft distilleries by 75 percent.

Support SB 554-Allow small Craft Breweries to Self-Distribute

Craft Breweries are prohibited by law (Three-Tier System) from distributing directly to retailers and are required to sell their beer to distributors, who then sell to retailers. Using a distributor can be an efficient way to get products into the marketplace — when it is voluntary. But mandatory wholesaling can prevent other competitive business models from emerging, especially small breweries.

Many small breweries in Florida don’t brew in substantial volume. Having the freedom to self-distribute can be more profitable for a small brewer. Craft breweries know what’s best for their beer; from how it should be stored, to how it’s sold, where it’s sold and how it’s delivered. Selling directly to a retailer allows higher profit and the ability to develop their product and brand. SB 554 will allow small craft breweries to self-distribute.

TAKE ACTION

SB 166 and SB 554 will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government on Thursday April 13th, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Call and e-mail the members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and tell them to support SB 166 to free craft distilleries from unnecessary regulations and support SB 554 to allow small Craft Breweries to self-distribute.

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL THE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE

Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government

   

Denise Grimsley

Grimsley.Denise@flsenate.gov

850-487-5026

Aaron Bean

Bean.Aaron@flsenate.gov

850-487-5004

Doug Broxson

Broxson.Doug@flsenate.gov

850-487-5001

Daphne Campbell

Campbell.Daphne@flsenate.gov

850-487-5038

Rene Garcia

Garcia.Rene@flsenate.gov

850-487-5036

Debbie Mayfield

Mayfield.Debbie@flsenate.gov

850-487-5017

Jose Rodriguez

Rodriguez.Jose@flsenate.gov

850-487-5037

Darryl Rouson

Rouson.Darryl@flsenate.gov

850-487-5019

Victor Torres

Torres.Victor@flsenate.gov

850-487-5015

 

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