December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended

 

December 5, 2014 marks 81 years since the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and paved the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system.

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WSWA Key Issues

Advancing the Interests and Independence of Wholesalers

WSWA represents its members before Congress, executive agencies, regulatory bodies, courts, and other alcohol beverage industry organizations.
 
The association monitors and advocates on numerous federal, state, and regulatory issues affecting wine and spirits wholesalers and the beverage alcohol industry. WSWA is committed to promoting the integrity of the state-based, three-tier system of alcohol regulation.

Important Regulatory Update: NLRB Representation Case Procedures

In December 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released a final rule amending the process by which employee petitions for collective bargaining representation are handled.

State Key Issue: Access to Alcohol by Minors

WSWA is committed to responsible distribution of alcohol and prevention of underage drinking.

Regulatory Key Issue: UK Beverage Alcohol Regulation

Recently, the United Kingdom has experienced a wave of public health and safety incidents related to counterfeit or adulterated alcohol. Media reports have indicated that officials have identified as much as £1.2 billion (GBP) in uncollected tax revenue lost each year in the illegal market. In addition, consumers in the U.K. have consistently encountered adulterated or counterfeit product sold outside legal distribution channels, including fake products causing death or serious illness.

State Key Issue: Ignition Interlocks

While there have been significant decreases in the number of alcohol related crashes, fatalities and injuries in the last two decades, the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) remains steadfast in its commitment to fighting drunk driving.

  • 72nd Annual Convention & Exposition

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    Apr 12, 2015

    The WSWA Convention & Exposition is where distributors seek out new and exciting beverage products for U.S. consumers, meet with existing portfolio partners and look for services to enhance internal operations. This event will provide you with THE opportunities you need to introduce new products or simply grow your brands, products or services in the U.S. marketplace. Mark your calendars for April 12-15 2015 in Orlando, Fla.

  • 2015 CLD Leadership Skills Conference

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    Jul 12, 2015

    One of WSWA’s most popular and successful programs is the Council for Leadership Development (CLD) Leadership Skills Conference, an executive training conference where we help equip the next generation of industry leaders with the tools, skills and resources they need to succeed. CLD helps ensure that the next generation of wholesaler leaders is prepared to handle the varied challenges that await them and the industry in the coming years. Click here to learn more about this year's outstanding conference, which will be held July 12-14, 2015 at The Nines Hotel in Portland, OR For more information, contact Kari Langerman.

  • 2015 Fall Membership Meeting

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    Oct 12, 2015

    The annual Fall Membership Meeting (FMM) is WSWA’s primary annual governance meeting where Board members start determining next year’s agenda and provide direction on legislative, legal and regulatory matters. FMM also offers members the opportunity to network with fellow wholesalers and state association executives as well as engage with a host of interesting speakers. For more information, contact Kari Langerman.

  • U.S.-Style Three Tier System Could Address Beverage Alcohol Challenges in U.K

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    December 29, 2013

    U.S.-Style Three Tier System Could Address Beverage Alcohol Challenges in U.K, WSWA Says

  • Who Are Wholesalers and How Do They Work?

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    December 17, 2013

    The nation’s nearly 6,000 wine and spirits wholesaler locations are the crucial part of the responsible and efficient distribution system that delivers adults the widest variety of products available anywhere in the world in a manner that controls access for of-age consumers, delivers tax revenue to local, state and federal governments, and ensures product safety and consumer protection.

  • UK: Call for UK to adopt US' three-tier alcohol system

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    October 30, 2013

    The UK should consider adopting a similar structure to the US' three-tier alcohol system to tackle alcohol duty fraud, a trade group has recommended.

  • WSWA to Honor Career, Community and Personal Contributions of Two Industry Leaders: Henry A. "Happy" Fox and Joseph E. Gallo

    March 9, 2015

    Awards will be Presented Next Month at WSWA 72nd Annual Convention & Exposition

  • The importance of regulatory oversight

    March 2, 2015

    By Craig Wolf, President and CEO, Wine & Spirits Wholesaler of America

  • Are You Ready to Make A Splash?

    February 26, 2015

    Registration Open for the WSWA 72nd Annual Convention & Exposition