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Facts About KWSWA and Kansas Wholesalers:
* KWSWA members represent more than 90% of the alcoholic products sold in Kansas.
* Wholesalers in Kansas employ more than 450 constituents with an annual payroll exceeding $15 million.
* Wholesaler jobs generate more than 490 jobs within area industries, generating an additional more than $15 million of indirect and induced compensation.
* For a brief look at the 3-tier system, click here.
* For a comprehensive look at the 3-tier system, click here.
* Take a look at the Wholesalers Economic Fact Sheet here
Out-of-state corporations, grocery stores and convenience stores sell limited numbers of items (sku's). As these out-of-state entities push Kansan-owned retail liquor stores out of business, it will limit the amount of product offered in Kansas. This creates smaller warehouse inventories and less consumer choice.
Reduced Tax Collections
The limited number of items carried by out-of-state corporations, grocery and convenience stores are lower priced wines, beers and spirits - not higher priced specialty products.
These companies will dominate market share, and sell lower priced alcoholic products in Kansas, greatly reducing the amount of tax collected on alcoholic purchases, which ultimately will increase efforts to raise taxes on alcoholic beverages for all consumers to off-set these loses.
KWSWA members are proud of their product and businesses. However, they recognize alcohol should be regulated and never abused. KWSWA encourages moderation and personal responsibility.
Under proposed legislation, any business could receive a retail liquor license - this includes pawn shops, gun shops and adult gift shops, along with grocery and convenience stores (of which there are more than 1,700 in Kansas). These stores would also be allowed to let 18-to-20 year-olds sell alcohol.
KWSWA supports the current system, in which there is already a liquor store per every 3,600 Kansans and 21-year-olds must sell alcohol to prevent underage access.
The Kansas Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association (KWSWA) and Worldwide Wine & Spirits supports the current system and believes locally-operated, Kansan-owned retail liquor stores are the responsible option. The current system limits access of alcohol to minors and is better for the economy.
Opening the system to more than 3,500 new liquor outlets would be a costly expenditure for consumers in expanding the distribution system.
Kansas wholesalers, with no guarantee of an increase in sales, (as the only way to sell more beverage alcohol in Kansas is to get current consumers to drink more), will create increased costs in infrastructure that will be passed on to consumers.
In the long-run, the proposed system will lead to a decrease in product availability and an increase in prices. Ultimately, the consumer pays for the cost of distribution.