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.

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.

  • 2016 Winter State Policy Conference

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    Dec 7, 2016

    The Winter State Policy Conference provides an opportunity for wholesaler state association leaders to discuss the political and legal issues facing wholesalers across the country. By comparing notes and discussing strategy, the meeting increases the effectiveness of state associations and allows wholesalers to speak with a unified voice. The meeting also allows WSWA staff to receive input from state associations leaders that is then used in the implementation of national legislative and legal strategy. December 7-9, 2016 Loews Don CeSar Hotel St. Pete Beach, FL To view this year's agenda, click here. For more information, contact Cindy Nachman-Senders.

  • 74th Annual Convention & Exposition

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    Apr 18, 2017

    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. 74th Annual Convention & Exposition Grande Lakes Orlando Orlando, FL April 18-21, 2017

  • Save the Date: Upcoming Meetings and Conventions

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    Oct 16, 2017

    Mark Your Calendars: 2017 Fall Membership Meeting October 16-17, 2017 The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC Washington, DC 75th Annual Convention & Exposition May 1-3, 2018 Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV 77th Annual Convention & Exposition April 21-23, 2020 Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV

  • 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 CEO Hails Importance of Cuomo Veto

    November 8, 2016

    Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) President and CEO Craig Wolf today hailed the importance of a recent veto by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of a bill designed to weaken state beverage alcohol laws and provide special exemptions for certain beverage alcohol license holders.

  • The Right Mix: WSWA’s 74th Annual Convention & Exposition

    November 3, 2016

    Wholesalers seeking their next portfolio partner and wine, spirits and industry-related suppliers pursuing U.S. distribution or market expansion will find, “The Right Mix” needed to achieve business success at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) 74th Annual Convention & Exposition coming to Grande Lakes Orlando April 18-21, 2017.

  • WSWA Announces 48 College Scholarships Winners

    October 19, 2016

    Forty-eight college student dependents of member employees will attend college this year with the help of scholarships provided by the WSWA Educational Foundation—a record number of recipients—the organization announced today.