Tainted liquor kills at least 10 in northern India

At least 10 people have died and 39 others were hospitalized after drinking tainted liquor in northern India, police said Tuesday.

The victims drank the liquor at a state-run shop in a village in Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh state on Monday night, police officer Rajesh Kumar said.

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Nicki Priester
Direct Shipment of Alcohol: Are We There Yet?

Because so many products can be conveniently purchased online these days, there is an expectation that alcohol products should also be conveniently delivered to a consumer's door. And, although delivery of alcohol to residents is not new, it has become a much more important retail tool. This phenomenon is partly driven by the almost 20,000 breweries, wineries and distilleries that have sprouted up in the last few decades. Because the vast majority of businesses are very small, their products are not immediately available in most states. This growth is impressive. Below is a chart of Oregon distilleries. When I was a regulator there were only about three. 

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Nicki Priester
Private Labels Threaten Alcohol Market Balance

Private label alcohol has evolved to the point where it provides a benefit for large grocery chains that is not economically feasible for small independent retailers. Therefore, if it becomes a widespread practice, it represents a threat to the alcohol market balance that allows large and small operators to be profitable.

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Nicki Priester
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association of SC names Elizabeth Herlong Brogdon as Executive Director

Elizabeth Herlong Brogdon, Esq. has been named Executive Director of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association of SC (WSWA-SC). In this role, Elizabeth will lead the Association, to include overseeing legislative strategy, coordinating legislative efforts, working closely with state regulatory agencies (primarily SLED and SCDOR), and providing legal advice to the Association’s member wholesalers.

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