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January 28-29
Minnesota Beer Wholesalers Association (MBWA) Annual Conference
in St. Paul, MN

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Fintech Branches Out to Provide OneSource® Solution for Customers

Fintech OneSource for your beverage alcohol business provides a comprehensive solution for alcohol distributors and retailers. From invaluable data on your purchasing habits to EFT payment to expert guidance on a variety of industry topics, Fintech is so much more than a payment system. 

Check out our new video illustration to learn how much we've grown!

Massachusetts ABCC Increases 5-Store Limit for Off-Premise Licenses

The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABCC)'s law regarding the increase in off-premise liquor license from five to seven will be effective January 1, 2016. The legislation passed in 2011 and has no effect on the number of available licenses within each city or town.

Persons who wish to take advantage of this new law may file an application with the local licensing authorities after January 1, 2016.

Deck the Halls with Christmas Beer

Forget visions of sugarplums dancing through your head this holiday season...how about festive beer?

From decking the halls to ringing in the new year, brewers are introducing beer infused with cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices to help increase sales during what is traditionally a slower time for beer.

All About the Gas - Nitro Beers Explained

In a two part series, Craft Beer, one of the leading publications for this rapidly growing industry, explains the method and increasing popularity of nitrogenated beer. 

While nitro is normally associated with a certain brewery of Irish heritage hailing from Dublin, more and more craft breweries are embracing the nitrogenated method and adding such beers to their lineups. 

The term 'nitro' is a reference to the type of gas used in the carbonation process. It means the difference between the creamier nitrogen beers (N2) and carbon dioxide counterparts. A typical nitrogenated beer contains about 70 percent nitrogen and 30 percent carbon dioxide.

 Fintech Partners with Sunbelt Merchant Group to Benefit Texas Convenience Operators

Fintech partner Sunbelt Merchant Group offers independent convenience store owners negotiated programs with national vendors such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi and more. 

Since 2006, Sunbelt has assisted their members by providing low invoice costs, rebates on key packages and marketing tools specifically designed to increase sales. 

Through its partnership with Fintech, Sunbelt members receive exclusive discounts on Fintech's data and electronic payment system.

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What Are the Federal Rules Regarding the Development of a Private Label?

By Richard M. Blau, Chair and GrayRobinson's Alcohol Industry Team

First, if you want to market distilled spirit products, you need to contract with the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) permitted Distilled Spirits Plant (DSP). The DSP would determine whether formula approval would need to be obtained from TTB.  Not all distilled spirits products require formula approval from TTB. For example, a vodka with no flavors added does not require formula approval from TTB. However, a vodka with flavors, such as a cranberry, will need a formula approval from TTB. 
When required, formula approval must be obtained before an application for label approval (COLA) can be filed with the TTB by the DSP. 
Here’s an interesting catch; the DSP files with TTB for approval of formulas and COLAs. The formula remains with the DSP, not the brand holder. The brand holder may enter into exclusive label rights with the DSP, but the DSP is the responsible party with TTB.  Since TTB can only insure privacy of a federally permitted DSP concerning proprietary information listed in a formula, the brand holder or state licensed retailer should insure that best contracts and trademarks protections exist for the private label.

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Sugar Creek Brewing Company is a craft brewery, in Charlotte, North Carolina dedicated to crafting high-quality Belgian style beers. The Sugar Creek Brewing Company’s philosophy combines the watchful eye of a Trappist Monk with the technical precision of a nuclear engineer to craft fresh, full-flavored beers that are immensely satisfying and intensely drinkable. Using unique combinations of aromatic yeast strains, domestic and imported hops and award-winning malt varieties, Sugar Creek infuses traditional recipes with modern tastes and techniques to create beer that nourishes both mind and body.

Stop in to the Sugar Creek Brewing Tap Room for an unforgettable craft beer experience.  From a drinkable Belgian-Style Pilsner to our dark and dangerous Belgian Dubbel, Sugar Creek provides the Carolinas with palette-pleasing, unique, high-quality craft beer. 

Visit www.sugarcreekbrewing.com to learn more.

"Sugar Creek Brewing is a small business with under 20 employees. We have limited sales representatives and Fintech saves them time when conducting on-site visits with our current customers.

Fintech has dramatically streamlined our wholesale payment processing. Their vast database of retailers, coupled with their new Private Label option, has allowed us to seamlessly do business with organizations of all sizes. This, in turn, helps us grow our business. Fintech's online platform helps us stay organized and connected, both as a company and with our customers."

Erica Bear - Sugar Creek Brewing Company

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