In a joint letter to a California Assembly Member, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice raised concerns with A.B. 1541 which proposes to strengthen franchise provisions for distributors. According to the federal agencies, the bill would likely diminish competition among California beer wholesalers and increase manufacturers’ costs of obtaining distribution services from wholesalers. These effects, in turn, would likely increase the cost of beer distribution, with consumers paying higher prices for beer.
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