MA Distributor Cleared in Trade Practice Case

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The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) has handed down a decision absolving wholesaler August A. Busch & Co. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of brewer Anheuser-Busch) from a charge of violating the prohibition on giving a thing of value to a retail account. At issue were coolers and draught towers ordered and paid for by Anheuser-Busch, but facilitated by the wholesaler. ABCC found that, as Anheuser-Busch retained ownership throughout, the wholesaler was not in violation.

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