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Searchable Penalty Guidelines Table

What happens when a Florida licensed beverage company violates the Florida Beverage Law? In 1994, the ABT issued penalty guidelines concerning single and repeated violations of the Florida Beverage Law. While these penalty guidelines have not been updated to reflect all changes to the law since 1994, it is a helpful guide to the ABT’s disciplinary actions. Unfortunately, the...

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Brands | Read Time: 3 minutes

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...

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The Florida Breweries Report | Read Time: 2 minutes

The Florida Breweries Report – June 2021

Florida breweries had a mixed June 2021, with monthly taxpaid sales numbers down but LTM taxpaid sales numbers up. Monthly Highlights The Data: The Florida Breweries Report reflects data published by the Florida ABT, which is available online here. The ABT monthly publishes the taxpaid sales for each brewery and distributor. Unfortunately, the ABT does not publish breweries’ sales to distributors....

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General Business | Read Time: 5 minutes

Taxes on Restricted Stock for Employees

Beverage manufacturers, distributors, and vendors–like other closely held companies–often use grants of their own stock to compensate and incentivize employees, consultants and other providers (for simplicity, this articles refers to all of them as “employees”). These grants have major tax consequences. News Flash: Stock Grants are Subject to Income Taxes Generally, when money or property is given to an...

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Florida | Read Time: 4 minutes

What is a “Tied House” and Why is it Evil?

How a Florida law designed to prevent the “evil” of vertical integration in the alcoholic beverage industry limits the ability of suppliers to help you buy their products. Tied Houses, Evil and Otherwise The term “Tied House Evil” appears in the heading to Florida Statutes Section 561.42. Although the term is nowhere defined in the Florida Statutes, it is...

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The Florida Breweries Report | Read Time: 2 minutes

The Florida Breweries Report – May 2021

Florida breweries’ monthly taxpaid sales exceeded 11,000 barrels for the first time in May 2021. Monthly Highlights The Data: The Florida Breweries Report reflects data published by the Florida ABT, which is available online here. The ABT monthly publishes the taxpaid sales for each brewery and distributor. Unfortunately, the ABT does not publish breweries’ sales to distributors. This means that the...

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Labeling for Alcoholic Products Exterior Packaging

Federal law requires that the well-recognized Government Warning: GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems. be affixed to a “conspicuous and prominent place...

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ABT | Read Time: 5 minutes

2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law: 5 Unanswered Questions

We reviewed the 2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law in two prior blog posts–2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law: General Overview and 2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law: Destination Entertainment Venues–but questions remain. Following are just five questions we have about the new law. Question #1: Can new Florida craft distillery apply directly for the DD(CD) license? It is unclear whether a...

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Beverage Legislation | Read Time: 3 minutes

2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law: Destination Entertainment Venues

The 2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law creates a new non-quota, consumption-on-premises only alcoholic beverage license that may be issued to a craft distillery located within a destination entertainment venue. Because the ABT has not yet designated class for this new license, this article refers to this license as a 4COP-DEV. For a general discussion of the 2021 Craft Distilleries...

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Beverage Legislation | Read Time: 3 minutes

2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law: General Overview

The 2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law changes the legal landscape for all craft distilleries in 3 main areas: (1) what they can make and sell to consumers, (2) where they can sell it, and (3) how big they can get. A fourth aspect of the law–the creation of “destination entertainment venues”–will be explored in a future blog post. Florida...

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