Senate Bill 1304 would permit manufacturers to terminate a distributor contract if their products represent less than 10% of distributor’s total alcohol beverage portfolio with 120 days’ notice. The bill further: 1) provides that a brewery brewing less than 250,000 barrels is not subject to the Florida franchise law; 2) permits a brewery to transfer, without a distributor, any collaboration beers they produce; 3) provides that a brewery brewing less than 250,000 barrels can self-distribute (kegs, package, etc.), however, if a brewery has an existing distribution agreement, it can deliver up to 4 kegs to a vendor in that territory at a time (any delivery over 4 kegs requires the distributor’s written permission); 4) standardizes “barrels” of beer in the statute language (instead of kegs); 5) lowers the requirement for a distributorship license from $100,000 worth of product to $10,000 worth of product; 6) eliminates the “come-to-rest requirement” for a brewery that is self-distributing.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). 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.See Pete Johnson's Articles