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 CLD Leadership Skills Conference

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    Jul 10, 2016

    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. MORE INFO Click here for sponsor and speaker opportunities. To view this year's agenda, click here. For more information, contact Kari Langerman. 2016 CLD Conference The Omni Hotel Nashville, TN July 10-12, 2016

  • 2016 Fall Membership Meeting

    Sep 19, 2016

    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. 2016 Fall Membership Meeting September 19-21, 2016 The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC Washington, DC

  • 2016 Winter State Policy Conference

    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. (Tentative) December 7-9, 2016 Loews Don CeSar Hotel St. Pete Beach, FL For more information, contact Kari Langerman.

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

    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?

    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

    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.

  • Beverage Alcohol Representatives Participate in Capitol Hill Briefing on Industry Social Responsibility Programs

    May 9, 2016

    Representatives from the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), American Beverage Licensees (ABL), and The Presidents’ Forum of the Distilled Spirits Industry (The Presidents’ Forum) today participated in a panel discussion on industry social responsibility programs hosted by the Congressional Responsible Hospitality Caucus.

  • Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Elects 2016-2017 Officers

    April 28, 2016

    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), the nation’s leading trade association representing the wholesale tier of the U.S. beverage alcohol industry, elected its 2016-2017 officers during the WSWA 73rd Annual Convention & Exposition held last week in Las Vegas.

  • WSWA Concludes Record-Setting 73rd Annual Convention & Exposition

    April 27, 2016

    The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) concluded its record-setting 73rd Annual Convention & Exposition last week at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, an event that featured action-packed tasting and mixology competitions, compelling keynote speakers, sold-out exhibits and suites as well as strong wholesaler participation.