Liquor Control Board adopts language for co-ops


Last week, the Liquor Control Board adopted an interim policy on rules regarding central warehousing. This policy will allow for restaurants and bars to cooperatively warehouse and order product.

Initially, the LCB adopted emergency rule language that was so restrictive, it would have made co-ops nearly impossible. After hearing concerns from numerous stakeholders, the Board agreed to examine alternative language.

The new language will allow for a group of licensees to collectively register an off-site warehouse, employ staff to manage inventory, negotiate quantity discounts and place orders so long as the group of licensees have a system of inventorying product approved by the Board.

The language is effective immediately, and will remain in effect until permanent rules are adopted.

The permanent rules contain language identical to the interim policy, and could be approved by June 2, 2012.

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