It’s time to modernize state laws to allow equal access and fair tax treatment for Spirits RTDs! Equal access and fair tax treatment will boost small businesses, raise tax revenue and support consumer choice.
In many states, consumer access to spirits ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails is severely restricted by outdated laws that prohibit the sale of these products at grocery and convenience stores, unlike beer- and wine-based RTD beverages even though they have the same or similar alcohol content. At the same time, spirits RTDs are taxed at a much higher rate than beer- and wine-based RTDs. Modernizing alcohol laws to allow equal access and fair tax treatment for spirits RTDs will boost small businesses, raise state tax revenue and support consumer choice.
Beer- and wine-based RTDs can be sold in grocery and convenience stores in 40+ states. Meanwhile, spirits RTDs with the same or lower amounts of alcohol can only be sold in grocery stores in 31 states and in convenience stores in 29 states.
Our goal is to enable both on-premise and off-premise establishments to provide distilled spirits tastings to consumers so that they can make an informed and personal decision on which spirits they might want to purchase.