|March 25, 2019
For Immediate Release
|Office of Congressional and Public Affairs
TTB Press Release
TTB Accepts $350,000 Offer in Compromise for Trade Practice Violations
Washington, D.C. — TTB has accepted a $350,000 offer in compromise from Brewers Distributing Company, a wholesaler in Peoria, Illinois, for alleged violations of the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act. This case developed out of the joint operation that TTB conducted with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission in September 2017.
Specifically, TTB alleges that Brewers Distributing Company sold alcohol beverage products to retailers with the right of return, which is a practice prohibited under the consignment sales provisions of the FAA Act. TTB also alleges that Brewers Distributing Company required retailers to purchase their products, which is a violation of the exclusive outlet provisions of the FAA Act.
Consignment sales and exclusive outlet violations, like other trade practice violations, give an unfair advantage over law-abiding competitors and ultimately limit consumer choice.
TTB remains committed to putting an end to anti-competitive practices that hurt law-abiding businesses and prevent consumers from enjoying a wide selection of products.