WASHINGTON — Eighty years after it voted to repeal Probibition, Ohio is enjoying economic benefits from the industry that long-ago vote created.
On Dec. 5, 1933, Ohio joined Pennsylvania and Utah as the final three states to complete the ratification of the 21st Amendment. When it took effect 10 days later, the 21st Amendment repealed the 13-year national Prohibition which was mandated by the 18th Amendment.
COLUMBUS — For the second time this year, the Ohio Restaurant Association is coming to the defense of the restaurant industry in the face of walk-outs earlier this month by fast-food workers in about 100 cities.
In a statement, ORA said the recent round of union-organized protests against fast-food restaurants are “unfair and demean thousands of hardworking Ohioans.” The protests are part of a movement to get the federal minimum waged increased from its current level of $7.25 an hour.
COLUMBUS — A new law designed to create a distinction between Ohio’s large and small brewers — and maintain the integrity of the state’s three-tier distribution system — was among the top stories coming out of Ohio’s beverage alcohol and hospitality industries in 2013.
COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office earlier this month began inspections of electronic raffle machine operators.
Beginning Dec. 15, investigators from the attorney general’s office began inspections of organizations and locations believed to be operating the electronic raffle machines. Those found to be in violation may face civil action from the AG’s office or be referred for criminal prosecution.
MEDINA (PRNewswire) — David Hassrick was named chief sustainability officer for the Luna Nueva tequila brand.
NEW YORK — Ultimate Beverage Challenge LLC recently announced the 2014 dates for its fifth annual Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Challenge.
The Ultimate Spirits Challenge will be March 10-14, while the Ultimate Wine Challenge is scheduled for June 2-6.
The UBC Challenges are open to all spirits and wines from around the world, regardless if the brand has a U.S. distributor/importer. All entries are rated on a 100-point scale. The top rated beverage in each category receives the Chairman’s Trophy.
WASHINGTON — Fueled by stronger same-store sales and traffic and a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index rose to a four-month high in October.
The RPI, a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry, stood at 100.9 in October, up 0.7 percent from September and the strongest level since June. In addition, the RPI stood above 100 for the eighth consecutive month, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.