According to the NJABC press release, among other things, “the investigation found that the wholesalers – which together account for approximately 70% of all wine and 80% of all spirits sold at wholesale in the State – unfairly favored 20 of the State’s largest wine and spirits retailers and put smaller retailers at a competitive disadvantage by manipulating the retailer incentive program (RIP), granting credit extensions and interest-free loans, and engaging in other discriminatory practices.”   For the full release, click here.

Winn Dixie is seeking the DABT’s opinion as to the applicability of 561.42(1), 61A-1.010 and 61A-1.0107 as it applies to Winn Dixie. In particular, “whether section 561.42(1), Florida Statutes, and Rules 61A-1.010 and 61A-1.0107, Florida Administrative Code, prohibit a distributor of alcoholic beverages from reimbursing the actual costs [Winn Dixie] incurs to remove, ship, or dispose of the distributor’s recalled products, and whether petitioner is prohibited from receiving such reimbursement.” A copy of the Petition for Declaratory Statement may be obtained by contacting: Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Agency Clerk’s Office, 2601 Blair Stone Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32399, (850)717-1183,