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Franchise Reform Signed in MA

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 2841 provides that brewers producing under 250,000 barrels of beer annually may terminate a distributor without cause with 30 days-notice and payment of fair market value of the distribution rights for the terminated brands. Read More

Franchise Legislation Referred to MA House Committee

A new draft (S.B. 2841) of the previous bill which passed the Senate, has been referred to House committee. The legislation allows a brewery with less than 250,000 barrels annual production to terminate a wholesaler in the absence of …Read More

Franchise Legislation Passes MA Senate

Passing the Senate, S.B. 2829 allows a brewery with less than 250,000 barrels annual production to terminate a wholesaler in the absence of good cause with thirty days’ written notice of termination. The terminated wholesaler, as sole and exclusive …Read More

MA Beer and Wine Sales Ballot Initiative Withdrawn

After being certified to appear on the November ballot, proponents have decided that no further action on Initiative Petition No. 19-14: Petition for a Law Relative to the Sale of Beer and Wine by Food Stores will occur this year …Read More

MA Beer and Wine Sales Ballot Initiative Moves Forward

Initiative Petition No. 19-14: Petition for a Law Relative to the Sale of Beer and Wine by Food Stores has been certified to appear on the November ballot. The proposal would create a license allowing food stores to sell …Read More

MA Franchise Bill Moves from Committee

Passing initial committee consideration, Senate Bill 104 seeks to allow small brewers (defined as under 6 million barrels) to terminate a distributor without cause and with less than the current 120-day notice (the notice provision is tiered based on sales: …Read More

MA Franchise Bill Emerges from Committee

Reported from committee, House Bill 327 seeks to allow small brewers (defined as under 6 million barrels) to terminate a distributor without cause and with less than the current 120-day notice (the notice provision is tiered based on sales: 30 …Read More

Proposed MA Franchise Amendment Claers Committee

Clearing committee, H.B. 3549 would allow an “emerging brewery” to, without good cause shown, terminate the right to distribute any brands of malt beverages for any licensed wholesaler to whom such emerging brewery has made regular sales of such brands …Read More

Farmer Brewery Bill Intro’d in MA

Senate Bill 461 seeks to expand the sale of products by farmer breweries. Read More

Hearing Held on Massachusetts Franchise Legislation

The subject of a legislative hearing, companions House Bill 327 and Senate Bill 104 seek to allow small brewers (defined as under 6 million barrels) to terminate a distributor without cause and with less than the current 120-day notice (the …Read More

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Pete Johnson

State & Regulatory Affairs Manager

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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