Protecting Municipal Assets

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The years of Prohibition brought about a tremendous change within the liquor industry and one such change was the establishment of municipal liquor stores, which were started after Prohibition ended as a means for...

IABD Launches App to Help Verify Customer’s Age

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The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) announced today it has released a mobile application to help retailers determine the age of customers attempting to purchase alcohol, tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor products. “This app is...

Best Practices 2017 Best Retail Innovation: Pennsylvania LCB

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Big changes arrived in the state of Pennsylvania on June 8, 2016. That’s when Governor Tom Wolf signed a new bill into law known as Act 39, which expanded many of the responsibilities given...

Balancing Conflicting Priorities

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Control states often juggle many conflicting priorities. In addition to being large revenue generators for their respective states, control states are generally charged with overseeing enforcement and education as well. As Director of the...

Protecting and Serving

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Public safety is paramount for any alcohol regulatory organization, including Montana. The state’s ABC Division administers 97 agency liquor stores, operates a warehouse that distributes alcohol throughout the state and oversees licensing for on-premise...

How Alcohol Retailers Have Evolved with COVID-19

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Who could have imagined our present world back in early March? Before the virus swept destructively across America, few could have foreseen how vital masks and hand sanitizer were about to become...

Virginia ABC: Learning and Adapting

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In his first year on the job as Chairman of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Jeffrey Painter has grown fond of a certain phrase. “This is not your grandfather’s ABC,” he recalls himself...

Increased Governance in Iowa

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Constant improvement: it’s something that’s essential in all business industries, and it’s a core philosophy of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD). For years, the agency has demonstrated its ongoing ability to identify and...

The Advisory Committee Weighs In

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How are the control states investing, changing and innovating in the present in order to advance their future value? And how are supplier partners assisting (or sometimes leading) in that effort? To find out,...

The Rest of the 2018 Best Practices Awards Winners

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Best Enforcement Program: Vermont Department of Liquor Control By Hillary Richard Vermont is in the midst of a craft beer boom. Right now, craft beer generates more tourism dollars for the state than its famous maple syrup,...

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