1,700 Retailers Join in Latest Plea for Credit-Card Fairness

WASHINGTON — Nearly 1,700 companies and more than 200 merchant trade groups publicly asked the U.S. Congress to support the bipartisan Credit Card Competition Act of 2022, legislation that aims to enhance competition and choice in the credit card network market. Merchants who put their brand names on the public statement include Walmart, Target, Alimentation Couche-Tard, 7-Eleven and more across industries…

How Weed Became the New OxyContin

Big Pharma and Big Tobacco are helping market high-potency, psychosis-inducing THC products as your mother’s ‘medical marijuana’ Source: https://www.tabletmag.com/ LEIGHTON WOODHOUSE September 5, 2022 For 30 years, Dr. Libby Stuyt, a recently retired addiction psychiatrist in Pueblo, Colorado, treated patients with severe drug dependency. Typically, that meant alcohol, heroin, and methamphetamines. But about five years…

Do Cannabis Lounges Pose a Threat to the Bar Industry?

With recreational cannabis use now legalized across many states, and consumption lounges following fast, does this signal a coming shift in consumer behavior? Source: https://daily.sevenfifty.com/ August 31, 2022 At the back of the Rise dispensary in Mundelein, Illinois, about 45 minutes from downtown Chicago, is a new cannabis consumption lounge. Bar stools face shelves stocked…

Chicago Restaurant Co. Accused Of Imposing Surprise Fees

Source: https://www.law360.com/ August 18, 2022 A proposed class action filed in Illinois state court against a large Chicago-based restaurant group claims it has overcharged customers through undisclosed price increases, deceptive surcharges and so-called processing fees to increase revenues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc., a privately held company that owns more than…

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Announces Retirement of Terry Brick, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Illinois

Michael Thompson named as successor Source: Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits August 3, 2022 Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (Southern Glazer’s)-the world’s preeminent distributor of beverage alcohol-today announced the retirement of Terry Brick, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Illinois, effective December 31, 2022. “Terry has been a key part of the Southern Glazer’s team…

BREAKTHRU EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH MOET HENNESSY

Source: Wine & Spirits Daily August 2, 2022 Breakthru Beverage Group announced that it is now the exclusive distributor for the Moet Hennessy portfolio in Illinois. The companies’ partnership now covers six US markets, with Illinois joining Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland and Washington DC. “We look forward to representing Moet Hennessy’s global portfolio in Illinois…

In Memory of Ed Callison

I had the privilege of knowing and doing business with the Callison family for forty years. Ed like his Father and Uncle before him personified the great, hard working, family owned wholesalers who helped build the industry you see today, regionally strong and successful brands directly tied to the efforts of family owned wholesalers like Callison…

ILBA Members Attend 20th Annual ABL Convention in New Orleans

  Rock Island Chapt. 39 – Connie Cornmesser and outgoing ABL President J. J. Moran Rock Island Chapt. 39 Members – Connie Cornmesser, Becky Covemaker, Ericka Catterton and Brian Hendricks   Clinton County Chapt. 44 Members – Trish Beckmann, Nancy Huelsmann, Marvin Gebke, and Dana Taylor Kankakee Chapt. 25 Steve Conrad Recognized Retailer of the…