December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended


December 5, 2017 marks 84 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.

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Applaud Co-Chairs on Formation of Congressional Hospitality Caucus

Group Will Promote Social Responsibility and Key Economic Benefits from all Sectors of Hospitality Industry 
The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) today applauded the leadership of the Congressional Hospitality Caucus for its work to promote the important social responsibility efforts and broad economic impacts of the nation's hospitality industry including wine and spirits wholesalers. The caucus was launched by a bipartisan coalition of representatives earlier this week. 
The Congressional Hospitality Caucus is an officially recognized congressional caucus co-chaired by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.). The group will promote the country's licensed and regulated hospitality industry by educating elected officials and their staff members about the role of licensed businesses in the hospitality industry as well as the importance of an effective framework of state and federal regulations that govern the industry. 
WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf lauded the establishment of the caucus and pointed out that the wholesale sector alone employs some 63,000 workers nationwide, pays approximately $5 billion in wages to workers each year and generates some $55 billion in tax revenue to the states and federal government annually. 
"The American hospitality industry has a fantastic story to tell. Whether it's a second-generation family-owned retail establishment or tavern, or a third- or fourth-generation family-owned wholesaler, or a unique craft beer, wine or spirits start-up, we are an industry of innovation and entrepreneurship, but also one that takes seriously its social responsibility mission," Wolf said. 
"We applaud the co-chairs of the Congressional Hospitality Caucus for showing their commitment to the men and women in our industry, and to recognizing their economic impact and social benefit in communities around the country," Wolf added. 
WSWA is the national trade association representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry. With 362 member companies across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, WSWA is the voice of wholesalers in Congress, the executive branch, the courts, news media, and in communities across America. Member firms represent more than 80 percent of all wine and spirits sold at wholesale in the United States.

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