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Michigan Licensed Beverage Association

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Research Shows MDARD Inspectors Play Crucial Role in Helping Businesses to Thrive and Improve Food Safety

By Kevin Besey, Director

MDARD Food and Dairy Division

Michigan has seen a tremendous amount of growth in the number of licensed food establishments over the past several years, especially in the food processing segment of the industry. Since 2000, the number of licensed food processors in our state has increased by 50 percent.


Michigan. The Great Beer State. Magazine 2015 Features New Pull-Out Map Showcasing 154 Member Breweries

(LANSING, Mich)—The 2015 edition of Michigan. The Great Beer State magazine is now available from the Michigan Brewers Guild. The 72-page publication which identifies a record 154-member breweries and detailed listings for each of those members which identifies those properties which offer brewery tours, outdoor seating, live music and more. New this year is a pull-out map, which identifies all breweries from coast to coast to coast.


Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointment to Liquor Control Commission

May 7, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Andy Deloney, of White Lake, and Teri Quimby, of Brighton, to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

The five-member panel, housed within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, is responsible for managing the beer, wine, distilled spirits and mixed spirit drink industries in Michigan. This includes licensing products and establishments and enforcing the state's liquor laws.


Mayweather v Pacquiao Class Action Lawsuit

Dear MLBA Members,

Billed as the “Fight of the Century,” the May 2, 2015 Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao boxing match was set to be a big draw for MLBA member establishments that paid large sums to show the fight. Despite paying a high premium, we have found that many fellow MLBA member establishments have suffered great losses because their television provider did not deliver the pay-per-view fight that was paid for.


MLBA Takes Lead with Michigan Spirits Association on Private Event Bill

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Price-shock from open bars at private events could be a thing of the past in Michigan with a bill moving through the Legislature.

Alcohol could be sold for a set price at open bars at private events under a bill approved 106-4 Thursday in the state House. The practice is currently prohibited, which supporters of the legislation say can cause shock when the tab comes due for open bars at weddings or other private events.

Supporters say alcohol could be sold for a per-person per-hour rate that would provide more predictability for costs.

The bill has the support of several groups representing the state’s alcohol industry, including the Michigan Spirits Association and the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association.

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FMLC Seeks Small Business Provisions from Congress on Copyright Reform

April 30, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Brittany Mackey

Communications Director

FMLC Seeks Small Business Provisions from Congress on Copyright Reform

Directors explore policy options regarding transparency from PROs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, members of the Fairness in Music Licensing Coalition (FMLC) met with Congressional policymakers on Capitol Hill to discuss the need for Copyright reform. The FMLC seeks policy changes that would make music fairness a part of any future federal Copyright reform.

FMLC directors sat down with Congressional stakeholders to discuss how small businesses are negatively impacted by the current music licensing regime. In particular, the meetings focused on how Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) operate without adequate transparency and their use of high-pressure tactics when collecting allegedly owed licensing fees.