Proposed MA Franchise Amendment Claers Committee

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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 of malt beverages. An emerging brewery shall mean any entity that (1) is authorized to sell malt beverages to wholesalers in the commonwealth, hereinafter referred to in this section as a “brewery”, (2) is privately owned and operated, and (3) directly or indirectly, produced less than 100,000 barrels of malt beverages in the 12-month period immediately preceding the date of the written notice of termination.