Will beer distributors be hurt by liquor privatization?

SUNBURY — Some beer distributors have been vocal opponents against liquor privatization in Pennsylvania, saying increased competition from the private sector would hurt their business. However, State Representative Lynda Schlegel-Culver (R-108th, Sunbury) said they are trying to be sensitive to the needs of the beer distributor with this legislation.

 

She said, “They are the only outlet that would be able to sell beer, wine and liquor. No one else will be able to do that. We are trying to make distributors a destination. They would also be able to sell six-packs and mixed cases under this legislation.”

 

Schlegel-Culver admitted this will be a transition. She said, “We get about $500-million a year in net revenue from the liquor business. Eighty percent of that is the tax on the liquor that we sell. We will still be continuing to see that eighty percent. We are taking the money from the sales and putting it in a restricted account. We won’t be touching that until we know that we have the same revenue that we were generating before.”

 

Schlegel-Culver said one part of the legislation distributors do welcome is the ability to sell 64-ounce growlers at their stores. You can hear more from Schlegel-Culver on this and other topics from Tuesday’s On The Mark program online at www.wkok.com. (Ali Stevens)

 

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