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Indiana Retailers, Package Liquor Stores Join Forces to Improve Public Health, Enhance Alcohol Safety

Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and Indiana Retail Council announce landmark agreement to reform state’s alcohol regulations

 

Indianapolis, Ind. (Nov. 10, 2017) Representatives from the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers (IABR) and the Indiana Retail Council (IRC) today announced a landmark agreement on a series of policy initiatives that would strengthen and improve the state’s alcohol laws. 

 

Jon Sinder, Chairman of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and Grant Monahan, President of the Indiana Retail Council issued the following joint statement: 

 

As responsible retailers, we need safe regulations that ensure that alcohol products do not get into the wrong hands. 

 

These common-sense policy improvements will improve public health and enhance safety measures, while preserving the practices and freedom of retailing that Hoosier businesses and consumers deserve. 

 

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and Indiana Retail Council support the sale of alcoholic beverages for carry-out on Sundays for the first time since Prohibition without new restrictions on retailers impacting how alcohol products are currently displayed in stores. They also are unified in opposing the expansion of the sale of cold beer.

 

In addition to expressing support for Sunday sales without any changes to how alcohol products are displayed or organized, the organizations also made a series of policy recommendations aimed at improving safety and public health, including:

 

  •  The IABR and IRC strongly oppose the expansion of the sale of cold beer in Indiana.
  • The IABR and the IRC believe that the sale of alcohol should be strictly regulated and that the existing regulations regarding cold beer are important safety measures.
  • IABR and IRC strongly oppose new restrictions on the type and variety of adult beverage products sold and displayed by drug and grocery stores.
  •  IABR and IRC support significantly increasing the fines for sales to minors. Tripling the fines would generate funds that could be used to increase the number of excise officers.
  •  The IABR and the IRC support strengthening and increasing penalties for adults who host parties and furnish alcohol to minors. 
  •  While the IABR and the IRC recognize that alcoholic beverages are now sold responsibly in Indiana, both organizations support changes that would require a mandatory age verification check for alcohol purchases; and require video monitoring or the presence of store employees in close proximity to the sale and/or display of alcoholic beverages. 

“This agreement proves that we can work together to deliver results for Hoosiers without compromising on safety,” said Jon Sinder, Chairman of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers.  “The package liquor store industry along with our friends at the Indiana Retail Council are committed to working directly with legislators to successfully draft and pass meaningful and impactful public policy that will allow Hoosiers to purchase alcohol for carryout on Sundays for the first time since Prohibition.”

 

“We are pleased to announce this agreement that strengthens the regulations as to how alcohol is sold in Indiana while also giving Hoosiers greater shopping convenience,” said Grant Monahan, President of the Indiana Retail Council.  “We look forward to working with the package liquor stores and members of the Indiana General Assembly to put Hoosiers first with common-sense reforms.”

 

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, IABR, is the voice of the package store industry in Indiana. The association represents the interests of 1,000 package store owners by promoting responsible retailing, developing sound public policy initiatives and building stronger communities with local advocates. A diverse board of package store owners from around the state helps create a sound foundation for the future of these multi-generational businesses.

 

The Indiana Retail Council is a statewide trade association dedicated to improving the retail environment in Indiana. The Council’s broad-based membership is dedicated to serving the shopping needs of modern consumers.

 

This announcement precedes the next meeting of the state’s Alcohol Code Revision Commission, which is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.  

 

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