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Pop-up Food Markets, Cocktails to-go: Recipes for Mounting Competition

CSP Daily News reported last month convenience store sales of alcohol are up from one year ago as consumers purchase more wine, beer and spirits amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but the charts aren t set in stone as restaurants in more than 30 states now sell cocktails to-go. 1 Many of these same restaurants have also morphed into pop-up food markets selling packaged foods, fresh produce and other household supplies to help maintain cash flow... Read More

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Popping the Lid on the Future of Restaurant Industry

A bill currently circulating approval in Michigan could restaurants there to serve cocktails to-go for delivery to homes with food orders. 1 Similar legislation was previously approved in New York, Pennsylvania and in more than 30 other states, as reported by Imbibe Magazine , a publication sharing details on beverages of all kinds. Several of these states are considering extension and/or permanence of the provision to help the struggling restaurant industry overcome financial hardships as... Read More

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Outdoor Expansion of Restaurants and Bars Carries Added Weight for Owners, Staff

With the official start to summer a mere week away, cities and counties across the country are grappling with how to safely reopen many popular cornerstones of modern life, including restaurants and bars, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A common theme popping up is patio-only service. Al Fresco dining and drinking takes logical advantage of seasonal temperatures and extended hours of sunshine; while other solutions intended to limit exposure to the pandemic call for occupancy caps,... Read More

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Temporary Liquor Laws See Prolonged Existence Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

States may have begun to ease Shelter-in-Place orders, but there are few signals that temporary liquor laws are anywhere close to fading. Passed in March and April, amendments to state liquor laws were established to encourage sales and keep establishments open without in-store and on-premise customers and dinners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, The BARS Program reported on liquor law amendments allowing alcohol to be delivered alongside food delivery in California, with similar practices... Read More

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Experience Proficiency with The BARS Program Partnerships and Compliance Platforms

Streamline your on-boarding processes for new employees, advance a manager s role and responsibilities, or retain/refresh an employee s knowledge with the help of two nationally recognized compliance and reinforcement companies. At The BARS Program, we re honored to share with you the platforms of our trusted partners, We Card and TiPS. We Card specializes in educational platforms for tobacco retail outlets. With three award-winning training courses offered for employees, managers and retraining, participants receive... Read More

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Maintaining the Strength of Compliance Practices

The spring of 2020, earmarked by a global pandemic and presidential campaign developments, won t soon be forgotten. At The BARS Program, we wonder if the spring of 2020 might also be remembered for a strong resurgence of government-back stings. When you partner with The BARS Program, resurgence or not, we ll work together to redirect current compliance training efforts and/or to establish new methodologies to decrease the likelihood of your business failing a sting.... Read More

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On-Demand Economy Adapts to Unique Challenges, Opportunities

Curbside pick-up and food delivery. Evermore proof of an on-demand economy, one where we can enjoy the flavors of our favorite restaurants without ever leaving our homes (or car, if we ve opted for curbside delivery), replenish our pantries without stepping foot in grocery stores, etc. The drive for on-demand brings consumer outlets unique challenges and opportunities. Take restaurants, for example. With stay-at-home orders in place around the country, many states have amended liquor laws... Read More

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Here to Stay: T21 Implementation and FDA Execution

As reported last month, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved legislation to change the legal age for purchasing tobacco and tobacco-related products to 21. The new federal minimum age applies to all retail establishments and persons, including military personnel; and includes tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and hookahs. Tobacco 21 Legislation (T21) was originally targeted for implementation in 2020, but was promptly enacted with the start of new year. Following an... Read More

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