Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Beer Distributors Forced To Pay Up

Earlier this month four beer distributors in Chautauqua County were ordered to repay local taverns $108,000 in fees withheld from them for more than 10 years. The fees stemmed from New York's bottle bill which was passed to encourage recycling. The bill states that distributors must pay the establishments $.02 for each bottle that they return. New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo was happy to reach the agreement saying: "For years, these four distributors have withheld money from local Chautauqua County businesses and that ends today." The settelement was a result of an investigation by the Attorney General's office.

I decided to post this since I had only seen it in this one source. I usually see beer stories in multiple places so I was curious as to why a story like this would be so well hidden. It's hard to defend a lot of these beer distributors as they never have the best interest of the brewer or the consumer in mind. Hopefully this gets the word out. I look foward to placing calls to Arthur R. Gren Co., Inc., George Bentges Distributing, Inc., Salamanca-Area Beverage Co., Inc., and J&M Distributing Co., which does business as Certo Brothers Distributing to see what they have to say.

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