11 CSR 70-2.270 - Transfer and Registration of Lines or Brands of Spirituous Liquor and Wine

PURPOSE: This rule provides procedures for a supplier of spirituous liquor and wine to remove and/or create any additional distributor or any line or brand of product. The division's name will be changed to Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control in all applicable sections. Corporations and LLC's will be changed to entities as earlier defined in 11 CSR 70-2.010 definitions. Also, the reference to alcohol content will be changed to spirituous liquor so that it is clear this does not apply to malt liquor.

(1) The term supplier, as used in this regulation, means any person, partnership, or entity licensed as a manufacturer, distiller, vintner, rectifier, solicitor (or any employee or agent of the solicitor) which distributes wine or spirituous liquor to duly licensed wholesalers in this state.
(2) The term wholesaler, as used in this regulation, means any person, partnership, or entity (or any employee or agent of the enterprise) licensed to sell wine or spirituous liquor to duly licensed retailers in this state.
(3) No supplier may encourage, solicit, cause, or conspire with a wholesaler to evade or disobey any laws or regulations of the state of Missouri relating to intoxicating liquor. No supplier may, directly or indirectly, threaten to remove or remove a line or brand from a wholesaler because of the refusal or failure of the wholesaler to evade or disobey any laws or regulations of Missouri relating to intoxicating liquor. Nor may any supplier, directly or indirectly, threaten to or create an additional distributorship in retaliation against a wholesaler who refuses to evade or disobey any laws or regulations of Missouri relating to intoxicating liquor.
(4) All wholesalers are to register with the supervisor of liquor control, the lines, brands, or both of alcoholic beverages which they handle and distribute in this state. No wholesaler may add an additional line or brand without first filing a statement under oath with the supervisor and with every other wholesaler affected. The statement shall contain the following:
(A) The name of each line or brand of spirituous liquor or wine which they will handle and distribute in this state and the anticipated date upon which the distribution of the line or brand is to begin;
(B) A certification that this additional line or brand is not being added in collusion with any supplier in retaliation against another wholesaler who refuses to evade or disobey any laws or regulations of Missouri relating to intoxicating liquor; and
(C) Prior to making any sale of any additional line or brand, each wholesaler shall comply with all other requirements relating to the posting of wholesale prices.
(5) Prior to removing a line or brand from one (1) wholesaler and/or prior to creating an additional distributorship on a line or brand, suppliers are to file with the supervisor a statement under oath containing the following:
(A) The name and address of each wholesaler to whom a line, brand, or both is being transferred or added;
(B) The name and address of each wholesaler from whom a line or brand is being removed;
(C) The name of each line or brand to be removed, transferred, or added; and
(D) A certification that this removal, transfer, or creation of an additional distributorship is not in retaliation against any wholesaler who refuses to evade or disobey any existing laws or regulations of Missouri relating to intoxicating liquor.
(6) A copy of this statement shall at the same time be delivered by mail or personal service to every wholesaler affected.

Notes

11 CSR 70-2.270
AUTHORITY: section 311.660, RSMo Supp. 1989.* This version of rule filed April 16, 1975, effective April 26, 1975. Amended by Missouri Register April 15, 2019/Volume 44, Number 8, effective 5/31/2019

*Original authority: 311.660, RSMo 1939, amended 1989.

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