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"Last Call" Joins Social Distancing and Limited Occupancy Initiatives to Help Curb COVID-19

Positioned as an alternative to stricter mandates amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, at least a handful of state governments have initiated targeted regulations to prohibit ongoing surges of COVID. Among these regulations is a “last call” for alcohol sales at establishments where on-premise consumption is permitted, such as bars, restaurants and nightclubs. But does last call affect only establishments where on-site consumption is permitted? Overall, it looks this way as it s intended to further prevent... Read More

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Taking Stock of Employee Knowledge

As the aisles of your grocery or variety store fill with a growing selection of beer, wine, spiked seltzer and tobacco products, The BARS Program encourages you to pause and give thought to your current compliance efforts. Are store-wide employees well-versed on protocols for selling age-sensitive products? Intended as a thought-provoking question, when a store clerk scans a customer s order, including perishable and non-perishable food, personal hygiene items and age-sensitive products, does he or... Read More

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Tobacco Laws Smoldering in Background of 2020 Election

The 2020 general election has come and gone. And voters in at least two states have approved legislation – by similar margins – to increase taxes on tobacco and nicotine products. Colorado In the recent election, nearly 70 percent of registered Colorado voters voted in favor of Proposition EE. Formulated along a tapered schedule, the proposition includes the following details. Review local newspaper, The Denver Post s article, “ What s Colorado Proposition EE: Tobacco... Read More

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Blurring the Lines: When 'Open for Business' Varies by City, State Amid COVID-19

Major cities across the country are extending – or in some cases – making permanent the temporary outdoor dining programs put in place to help bars and restaurants stay float during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In September, the Centennial State amended its safer-at-home orders to allow bars and restaurants located in counties under lesser COVID restrictions to serve alcohol later than those in counties with higher restrictions. 1 And in the City and County of... Read More

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Trending Now: Not all Beverages are Created Equal

As a growing number of everyday consumers trade in alcoholic beverages for alcohol-free options, well-known brewer and liquor companies are taking steps to differentiate their product portfolios to include teas, energy drinks and nonalcoholic spirits, to name a few. One company actively making change is Molson Coors. In February, the company formerly changed its name to Molson Coors Beverage Company as a reflection of its new strategy. 1 And most recently, it announced a long-term... Read More

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The Moral of the Story: Don't Fall Down on Regulations While Business is Good

Across the country, convenience, grocery and liquor stores bear witness to steady increases in sales as they contend with little to no competition from bars and restaurants. This trend is one of the many unforeseen repercussions affecting the United States amid the coronavirus outbreak. What explains gains for some alcohol outlets and not others? Duration of consumption. According to a June 30 article from Forbes, Alcohol Sales Are Not Spiking Or Even Stabilizing. Here s... Read More

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Reading Between the Lines: Proof of Identification Under 35

While 21 is an important age – a significant milestone for some – at The BARS Program, we re partial to 35 and here s why. According to dermatologists, the skin of a 20-something is typically thriving with few fine lines (if any), brimming with collagen and free of crow s feet. By the time we hit our 30s, anything is game (and visible) for the large majority. The changes that transpire during this decade... Read More

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Off-Premise Alcohol Retailers Become Fair Game for Sting Operations

Prior to coronavirus arrival in the United States, it was commonplace to see Americans at bars and restaurants socially enjoying alcoholic beverages. Fast-forward six-months and the vast majority have now vacated traditional stomping grounds and retreated to the confines of their homes to enjoy their beverages. At first glance, this transition, compounded with the temporary shuttering of restaurants and bars, signals a generalized decrease in alcohol sales. But there s much more to the story.... Read More

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