Passing the Senate, S.B. 1099 seeks to provide that a manufacturer, brewer, or importer of beer shall not request or require that a wholesaler submit certain information for beer brands not manufactured, brewed, or imported by the manufacturer, brewer, or importer; shall not mandate certain employment matters; shall not request or require a wholesaler to pay beer brand marketing or advertising funds; shall not ship, invoice, or initiate payment for any quantity of beer in excess of that forecast by a wholesaler or for any point of sale advertising or other items in excess of that specified by the wholesaler; shall not attribute any financial interest to a wholesaler for beer not in the wholesaler’s possession; shall not request or require a wholesaler to pay for certain matters pertaining to software owned or mandated by the manufacturer, brewer, or importer; and shall not require payment of a penalty by the wholesaler for noncompliance with any requirement of the manufacturer, brewer, or importer, excluding certain fees or interest.
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.See Pete's Articles