Teamsters strike hits prominent Chicago-area liquor distributor

Drivers have been off the job since Monday night at Breakthru Beverage Group in Cicero. Source: https://chicago.suntimes.com/ June 18, 2022 Truck drivers have gone on strike against Breakthru Beverage Group in Cicero, a leading wholesaler of beer, wine and liquor. About 100 employees belonging to Teamsters Local 710 have been on strike since Monday night,…

Jobs Report: Leisure & Hospitality Remain Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

June 14, 2022   U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued a statement on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May employment report: “With only 84,000 jobs added in May, Leisure & Hospitality employment remains 7.9% below pre-pandemic levels, with 1.3 million of these jobs still lost. While many…

Liquor Control Confirms 1A License Renewal Waiver

ILBA INFORMATIONAL UPDATE JUNE 10, 2022 The Illinois Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA) continues to fight for our industry.ILLINOIS LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION For Immediate Release June 10, 2022 From: Governor JB Pritzker, Cynthia Berg, Chair, Lisa Gardner, Executive Director COVID-19 Related Action Guidance on License Renewal Dues Legislation HB4700 Public Act 102-0699 Governor Pritzker signed the 2023 budget on April…

Have You Registered for the ABL Annual Meeting?

Celebrate 20 Years of ABL on July 10-11 in New Orleans Source: ABL June 1, 2022 Registration is open for the ABL Annual Meeting to be held July 10-11, 2022 at the Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting will mark ABL’s 20th anniversary, having united independent on- and off-premise…

ILBA INFORMATIONAL UPDATE June 1, 2022

Illinois Liquor Control Info:   Fiscal Year July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 license 1A renewal fee waiver We hope to have “official” information soon regarding the waiving of Illinois State 1A liquor license renewal fees.  Our current understanding is that Governor Pritzker will approve as a part of the pandemic recovery plan and…

Survey: 65% of consumers prefer local restaurants over chains

Source: https://www.restaurantdive.com/ May 29, 2022 Dive Brief: More consumers are opting to dine in-person amid fewer COVID-19 restrictions, while 29% plan to decrease their delivery app usage in the coming months, according to a survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers from Next Insurance emailed to Restaurant Dive. In the past 90 days, 71% of consumers went…

Have You Registered for the ABL Annual Meeting?

Have You Registered for the ABL Annual Meeting? Celebrate 20 Years of ABL on July 10-11 in New Orleans Bethesda, MD – Registration is open for the ABL Annual Meeting to be held July 10-11, 2022 at the Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The meeting will mark ABL’s 20th…