Passing through several committees, Senate Bill 822 exempts from the “tied house evil” prohibitions a written agreement between a manufacturer or importer of malt beverages and an alcoholic beverage vendor for brand naming rights, including the right to advertise cooperatively. The agreement must be negotiated at arm’s length for no more than fair market value. Such agreement must be with a vendor who operates a theme park complex; may not involve the sale or distribution of malt beverages; may not permit the vendor to give preferential treatment to the alcoholic beverage brand or brands of the manufacturer or importer; may not limit, directly or indirectly, the sale of alcoholic beverages from another manufacturer or importer, or distributor; and must be registered with the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (division) in the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) within 10 days of its execution.
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