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Modern-day Practices set to Reimagine the Alcohol Beverage Industry

From travel and tourism, to healthcare and entertainment, entire industries continue to grapple with unforeseen circumstances brought upon by the Covid-19 Pandemic. The alcohol beverage sector, historically thought to largely be resilient in times of economic downturns, faces its own set of obstacles; as do restaurants and retail outlets where beer, wine and spirits are sold and tapped: businesses are shuttered, employees are hard to find, consumers buying and consumption habits have changed, and so... Read More

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2022 Brings New Laws out of the Smoke

With each calendar year, new state laws are introduced and/or adjustments are made to existing ones; 2022 is no different. With an eye on tobacco- and e-cigarette-specific regulations, The BARS Program has rounded up state and county-specific changes set to take shape this year as part of the nation s ongoing fight against underage tobacco-use. In Illinois, the newly minted Preventing Youth Vaping Act heightens restrictions and penalties on e-cigarettes by allowing state law enforcement... Read More

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A New Year's Resolution: Make Under-35 Your ID Policy

As you proceed into the New Year, The BARS Program recommends doing away with dated or mirky company policies. Instead, take time to reformulate or reengineer, so your company policies are clear, concise and well-intentionally placed for employees and patrons alike to see. And if not a practice already, consider adding to your list of policies one that establishes proof of ID for patrons under the age of 35, for transactions that include alcohol, tobacco... Read More

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Compliance Collaboration with BARS Program Partners

Streamline on-boarding processes, refresh on-the-job knowledge and advance a manager s role with the help of BARS partners, We Card and TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) – both nationally recognized tobacco and alcohol compliance and reinforcement companies. It is in collaboration with these trusted partners that BARS provides clients with superior instruction and reinforcement of state and local rules and regulations for the lawful sale of tobacco and alcohol. About BARS Partners We Card. Leveraging... Read More

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Counting the Ways We are Thankful

At The BARS Program, every day is a day to be thankful. And it s because of our many clients, near and far, that we re overcome with gratitude as we enter into this season of thanksgiving. Our sincere thanks to each and every one of you for continuing to make The BARS Programs your trusted partner in employee compliance training practices and industry-specific needs. To learn more about The BARS Program, or to strengthen... Read More

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Its More Than Just a Number: Age of BARS Checkers Revealed

Ages really does matter. And this is why when a BARS Checker enters your establishment to conduct a signature BARS Program Green and Red Card Visit , BARS ensures the person performing the check is between the ages of 21 and 25 – an age-range in line with, or not far from the carding policy age (ID under 35) and above the required minimum legal age to purchase alcohol, tobacco and vaping products. Interactions with... Read More

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Extension, Permanence of COVID-19 Alcohol Delivery Ordinances Blurred by State Lines

Traditional channels for obtaining alcoholic beverages continue to stretch as states across the country make moves to extend or cast in permanence emergency orders that permitted alcohol delivery during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Fueling continuation is well-being and longevity of the lifeline that sustained not only restaurants, but bars and retail outlets as well, during the nationwide shutdown. Permanent Measures Texas made a big splash in May when government officials, including Gov. Abbott,... Read More

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Permanent and Long-Term to-go Laws Helping Restaurants for Years to Come

With many Americans still uneasy about dining out and restaurants in need of dependable income, a large majority of states continue to work at bridging this gap. In states like Texas, Florida, Montana, Wisconsin and West Virgina, temporary pandemic ordinances allowing to-go alcohol were made permanent. Washington, Colorado, Illinois, Maine and seven others have extensions in place; while another four states are pending conclusions for either permanence or extension. 1 According to Mike Whatley, Vice... Read More

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