News Room







December 6, 2010

MBDA will take to heart a ruling issued December 3rd by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that it needed to seek a legislative remedy to clarify confusing language in the state's liquor control laws that, in the court's eyes, permit beer sales in Wegmans supermarkets with restaurant sections.

If the General Assembly disagrees with the court's ruling, the court opinion stated, "It has the prerogative to enact responsive legislation."

MBDA president, David Shipula of Wilkes-Barre, said, "The court is saying we need to ask the legislature to make clear that grocery stores cannot operate as de facto beer distributors which we believe is what they are doing."

He said the court made significant note of the difference in beer sale quantities permitted in supermarket restaurant licenses. Restaurants can sell no more than two six packs of beer at a time while distributors can sell in no less than case lots. "Most distributors would love to sell beer by the six pack as a convenience to our customers but the letter of the law is clear here. What's not so clear in practice in the case of supermarkets is what constitutes a sale of only two six packs."

"We have seen instances where the same individual buys multiple six packs on the same trip to the supermarket - purchasing them in a string of two-pack-at-a- time transactions. That shouldn't be allowed but we now see that the court has told us to take it up with the General Assembly."

May, 2017
March, 2017
December, 2016
November, 2016
October, 2016
September, 2016
July, 2016
May, 2016
February, 2016
December, 2015
July, 2015
June, 2015
May, 2015
March, 2015
February, 2015
July, 2014
April, 2014
September, 2013
May, 2013
April, 2013
February, 2013
October, 2012
July, 2012
June, 2012
April, 2012
January, 2012
July, 2011
June, 2011
May, 2011
December, 2010
November, 2010
August, 2010
April, 2010
February, 2010
December, 2009
September, 2009
August, 2009
July, 2009
June, 2009
April, 2009
March, 2009
February, 2009
December, 2008
October, 2008
September, 2008
July, 2008
May, 2008
April, 2008
March, 2008
February, 2008
January, 2008
December, 2007
October, 2007