Alcoholic Beverage Contract Manufacturing in Florida: Two Model Processes

Sometimes an alcoholic beverage brand developer wants to focus on developing and promoting a product brand and leave the manufacturing to someone else (sometimes called “white labeling”). This can mean good business for the manufacturer too.

Whether the product is classified a beer, wine, or distilled spirits, a variety of contract manufacturing arrangements are available in Florida. This article describes two model contract manufacturing arrangements: (1) contract manufacturing with a licensed brand owner, and (2) contract manufacturing with an unlicensed brand owner.

Contract Manufacturing with Licensed Brand Owner

Brand owners that have a Florida manufacturer (CMB, AMW, or DD) license or a Florida Broker-Sales Agent (BSA) license can contract with a contract manufacturer to make and package the products and deliver them to a licensed distributor. This is often the best arrangement when the brand owner wants to take an active role in the supply process and wants to designate its own distribution partners.

In this arrangement, the contractor sells the finished products to the licensed brand owner and delivers possession directly to the distributor. For the brand owner, this means that it can collect payment directly from its own distributors. For the contractor, this means that it is not required to add the brand owner to its own manufacturing license.

Contract Manufacturing with Unlicensed Brand Owner

In some cases, the brand owner does not have a Florida manufacturer license or BSA license. This might be the case where the brand owner is content to let its products be sold through the contract manufacturer’s own distribution partners.

In this arrangement, the brand owner grants to the contract manufacturer a license to make the products, and the contract manufacturer pays the brand owner a licensing royalty. For the brand owner, this means that it will be paid directly by the contractor. For the contractor, it means that the brand owner because an Interested Party that must be included on its manufacturing license.

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