Irish Ambassador

Conor Neville (second from left), Tullamore DEW brand ambassador, is joined by Cory Rowland (left) and Olivia Farnette from Red Lantern Kitchen & Bar in Cleveland, and Jim Ellers of William Grant & Sons during a recent Tullamore DEW Irish whiskey dinner at the Red Lantern.

Ohio Liquor Sales Set Record In 2014

Published: 03/03/2015

COLUMBUS — Dollar sales of spirituous liquor reached a record level in 2014, according to data released last month by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.

Dollars sales reached $949 million last year, an increase $50 million, or 5.6 percent, over 2013.

Wholesale purchases by the state’s retail permit holders increased 3.1 percent over 2013 to $272 million. Retail dollar sales totaled $677 million, an increase of 6.6 percent.

Bill Seeks Higher ABV For Beer

Published: 03/03/2015

COLUMBUS — Hoping the third time is the charm, a northeast Ohio lawmaker has reintroduced a bill that would raise the maximum alcohol by volume level for beer made and sold in Ohio.

Ohio Joins Challenge Of Sysco, US Foods Merger

Published: 03/03/2015

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced last month the state has joined the Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general of nine other states and the District of Columbia in challenging the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods, the nation’s two largest food distributors.

In a complaint filed to block the merger, the FTC and attorneys general cited antitrust concerns, saying that if the merger goes forward as proposed, foodservice customers, including restaurants, hospitals, hotels and schools, would likely face higher prices and diminished service.

Legal Marijuana Petition Rejected

Published: 03/03/2015

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine last month rejected the petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution which would attempt to legalize marijuana use in the state.

According to the attorney generals office, the group Responsible Ohio last month submitted a petition to amend the Ohio Constitution, titled “Medical Marijuana and Personal Use Amendment,” with 1,000 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters. However, DeWine’s office stated at least two defects were found with the summary language:

Bill Seeks Reform Of Federal Beer Tax

Published: 03/03/2015

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — Legislation was introduced last month in Congress to reform the federal beer tax imposed on brewers and beer importers.

Introduced by Reps. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.), the Fair Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2015 would create a graduated federal excise tax structure while maintaining a level playing field.