PLCB Regulatory Changes Comes To Pennsylvania Limited Wineries

Effective March 1, 2014, the Pennslyvania Liquor Control Board announced regulatory changes that affect Limited Winery Licensees around the state. The PLCB has eliminated the requirement that prohibited in state wineries from selling bottles for less than the same wine sells for at the state operated Wine and Spirit Stores. The recent change is designed to promote in-state wineries. For more read: PLCB Changes Allow Wineries To Sell Products Below The State Sell Price.

Pennsylvania Winery, Bar, and Restaurant Licensee’s Encouraged To Ring In The New Year Responsibly

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As New Year’s Eve 2014 approaches and partygoers abound, Pennsylvania Limited Winery, Bar, and Restaurant Licensee’s are reminded to protect their licenses by remembering not to serving visibly intoxicated or underage persons. Liquor Enforcement Officers from the Pennsylvania State Police will be out and about, enforcing the Pennsylvania Liquor Code.

Both uniformed and undercover liquor enforcement officers will be making visits throughout the evening to Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Licensees to enforce compliance with the Liquor Code. Your liquor license is an asset, an investment, by which your business profits are earned. Protect what’s yours. Ring in the New Year responsibly.
For more information see: Partygoers, servers urged to celebrate safely.

Government Shutdown Stands To Create Economic Losses for Pennsylvania Wineries

For those of us in the wine industry, the government shutdown has brought the wine approval business to a halt. Federal approval for new wineries and/or wine labels is handled by the Federal Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). For purposes of the government shutdown, the TTB has been deemed non-essential. The Federal Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is not processing COLAs, new wine application permits, label approvals, or importation of wine in bond. Approximately 800,000 of the two million U.S. federal employees have been furloughed.

The suspension of the TTB’s regulatory functions means all reviews of alcohol beverage label permits, formulas are suspended until such time funding is reinstated. This means that many Pennsylvania wineries will not be able to sell their wines until the shutdown ends and their applications can be processed. The legal documents required to bottle and sell the wine has come to a halt, hence having severe financial impact to many of the State’s wineries.

The TTB has posted an Appropriations Lapse Notice. Once government services resume, a horrendous backlog for application processing is anticipated as we are now approaching Day 14 of the shutdown.

A Best Business Practice For Your Pennsylvania Hospitality Business

One of the most difficult factors to comply with when forming a Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) is to remember that you and your business are not the same. This is especially significant for LLC’s that have a single member or handful of members.
As the LLC owner, you are distinguishable now as the Agent [...]

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Protecting Your Pennsylvania Winery and Hospitality Business Summertime Event

Now that summertime is here, your Winery, Restaurant, Wine Business or Bed and Breakfast may permit using your facility for events such as festivals, weddings, outdoor jazz concerts and other events that attract customers to your venue and promote goodwill in your community.
When working with event planners you’ll need to remember to have a [...]

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New Jersey Bars And Restaurants Under Investigation For Dishonest Alcohol Practices

New Jersey State Officials are now investigation complaints about mis-labeled drinks used to scam bar and restaurant liquor customers. Samples taken indicate that the liquor sold was not the brand ordered. Dishonest practices used to increase profits have certainly put the owner’s liquor licenses up for suspension and or revocation as per the state’s Alcohol [...]

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A Comprehensive Look At American Wine In All Fifty States

Are you’re looking for a guide on American wines and those who make it? Is so you might wish to take a look at this new book by author and wine expert Janis Robinson. Janice takes a look at American winemakers in all fifty states. For more:

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How Does Your Pennsylvania Wine Based Business Create Customer Loyalty?

Building customer loyalty is a crucial step for all wine entreprenuers. Does your winery, restaurant, bed and breakfast, or wine based business focus on this important aspect of brand building? Have you given thought to the importance of creating customer loyalty and how it will lead to the success of your wine [...]

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Pennsylvania Governor Unveils Plans To Privatize State Liquor Stores

Governor Tom Corbett (R) is expected to unveiled his plan to privatize Pennsylvania’s state liquor stores. The Governor proposes one stop shopping by allowing consumers to purchase wine and beer at grocery stores or big box store. The plan anticipates that prices would be driven down and calls for the auctioning off of some [...]

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Federal Trade Commission To Study Online Alcohol Marketing To Underage Kids

The promotion of alcohol brands through the use of internet and social media has caught the eye of the Federal Trade Commission. Wineries, brewers and distillers are under fire by critics for not doing enough to protect its underage viewers. The Federal Trade Commission, empowered to protect consumers from deceptive practices, intends to conduct [...]

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