The Ohio Division of Liquor Control has announced that it will cut prices on 700 types of alcohol sold in the state, but also will eventually stop carrying the brands entirely. The Buckeye State is dubbing it the "Last Call Campaign," and the Division of Liquor Control's website has a list of the to-be-discontinued brands. While the state claims that the items are being discontinued to make room for more popular alcohol types and brands, the result will be shutting Ohio consumers out from brands they may enjoy. Columbus Business First has the full story:
"The Ohio Division of Liquor Control began cutting prices on around 700 different bottles of spirits this week, creating discounts of 25 percent to 40 percent on the selected bottles.
It's part of the division’s Last Call campaign, meaning these bottles will no longer be sold in Ohio.
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The delisting involves both brands and sizes. So some brands may still be sold by the state, but certain size bottles of those brands will not. Consult the full list here..."
Read more here.
Allowing consumers to purchase exotic or lesser known brands of alcohol online would be one way to ensure that consumers can access more types of liquor while also recognizing that stores may not want to carry such niche products. Unfortunately, as R Street's Jarrett Dieterle has written, the state of shipping laws across America makes shipping alcohol almost impossible.