Over the past year, we’ve heard from many of you regarding issues with your spirits deliveries. The main issue many members seem to be facing is out-of-stock products — especially popular products like Captain Morgan, Jameson, Crown Royal and Bulleit. Over the past year, we’ve heard from many of you regarding issues with your spirits deliveries. The main issue many members seem to be facing is out-of-stock products — especially popular products like Captain Morgan, Jameson, Crown Royal and Bulleit.
While some of that blame can be placed on distributors, there is a greater situation at play. Many manufacturers are not supplying Michigan’s distributors with an adequate amount of spirits to circulate throughout the state.
An official at RNDC has stated that a wide variety of products from Diageo, Pernod Ricard and other manufacturers are out-of-stock for licensees to purchase because they are simply not delivering enough product to our state.
The MLBA has been keeping a close eye on this situation and we have been gathering information for more than a year regarding these issues.
Currently, manufacturers face no penalties for not stocking the state accordingly. This is something we will be working to change and we have several ideas on how to tackle this issue head-on. Firstly, we would like to raise the quantity of spirits that on-premises licensees can purchase from off-premises stores. We know this is a temporary solution, but it’s something we feel confidently we can accomplish quickly. We would like to raise the quantity from 9 liters (1 case) per month to three cases per month.
For now, please contact the MLBA with any spirits delivery issues you are experiencing. Also, please contact the state and let them know the issues you are facing, as well. The more complaints they receive, the more open they will be to finding a solution to fix this problem.
We will keep you updated on our progress as we work with the state, distributors, liquor control, the legislature, and hopefully, manufacturers.